6 March 2003

Secretary-General Pleased With Security Council Support for His Efforts to Assist Parties in Cyprus

NEW YORK, 5 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General was pleased with the support he received in the Security Council yesterday for his efforts to assist the parties in Cyprus reach a comprehensive settlement.

The Secretary-General has since written to the Prime Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom -- the guarantor States -- inviting them to be represented in The Hague next Monday, 10 March, at a level commensurate with the importance of the meeting. The Secretary-General is looking to the Guarantors to give strong support to his efforts so that The Hague meeting has a successful outcome and that the separate simultaneous referenda go ahead on 30 March 2003.

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