UN envoy continuing 'intensive' talks in Copenhagen on Annan's Cyprus proposal
Asked about the efforts of Special Advisor Alvaro de Soto at the European Union's summit, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters it was hoped the parties would agree on the document on the table as a framework to begin serious and intensive negotiations on a final agreement.
“That’s what he, and all of us, were hoping to get by the beginning, or before the beginning of the summit that started today,” he said. Under a worse case scenario, it was hoped that such an agreement could be reached by the end of the meeting.
"Should that fail, we're always prepared to continue seeking agreement, first on the framework and, hopefully, leading eventually to a final agreement," he added.