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Papapetrou: Two schools of thought on Cyprus in Turkey
2003-02-02 22:07:18

Nicosia, Feb 1 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that yesterday's statement of the Turkish National Security Council, which expressed its strong support to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's stance on Cyprus and recent statements by the leader of the ruling party in Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus, confirmed the existence of two schools of thought in Turkey as regards the handling of the Cyprus issue.

Papapetrou told CNA the Cyprus government would continue to look into these developments in Turkey and follow them closely. |

Invited to comment a written statement issued after the meeting of the National Security Council, which expressed its strong support to Denktash, Papapetrou said that the expression of support to Denktash was something expected but noted that there were some issues that the Greek Cypriot side should follow carefully in the following weeks and months, to determine what they actually mean regarding Turkey's intentions.

Invited to name these issues, Papapetrou said that what was announced yesterday by the National Security Council means ''the Turkish side must take strong initiatives to promote a solution to the Cyprus problem.''

He also noted the fact that the Council stressed the need for the negotiations to go on, with a view to reach a settlement on the basis of the UN Secretary General's plan.

In its statement the Turkish National Security Council underlined the importance of negotiations on the plan presented by the UN Secretary General to the sides for solution of Cyprus question and supported continuation of efforts for a solution.

It emphasized it was significant for the Turkish government to take determined steps which were required for the position taken by the T/C side in the negotiations and underlined the necessity of assuming a constructive and good willed attitude by both sides for the success of the talks.

Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, are engaged in UN-led talks, to find a settlement of the protracted question of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.


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