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Kasoulides sees differences between Turkey and Denktash
2003-01-24 13:29:24

Nicosia, Jan 23 (CNA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides said today that the new Turkish government still has differences with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, who it believes is not irreplaceable.

Commenting on a recent statement by his Turkish counterpart Yassar Yakis to ''Turkish Daily News'', Kasoulides said it was ''crystal clear regarding the fact that if Denktash is not prepared to sign a Cyprus settlement then he is not irreplaceable and someone else will take over and sign it''.

''You realise that the new Turkish government maintains this position and is in opposition and conflict with Denktash'', Kasoulides said.|

Invited to comment on a remark by Yakis that Turkey supports Denktash, Kasoulides said he interpreted the statement as ''an instruction from Ankara for Denktash to proceed with the signing of the solution of the Cyprus problem''.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/KN/RG/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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