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Clerides and Denktash meet at negotiating table
2003-02-05 12:07:04

Nicosia, Feb 5 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash met here today for about two hours, in the context of the UN- led peace talks to solve the Cyprus problem but no discussion on the contentious issue of territory took place.

''Today Denktash refused to discuss this issue, he was accompanied by a map expert but there was no talk on territory. The Turkish Cypriot leader said he would have to get instructions from the so-called parliament in Turkish occupied Cyprus tomorrow,'' Alecos Markides, Clerides' top legal aide said after the meeting.

He said Denktash was ''more negative at today's meeting than in the past and so were the members of his negotiating team.''|

Asked if a second revised UN plan may be submitted after this month's presidential elections, to be put at a referendum on the basis of take it or leave it, Markides said there is information to this effect, which is particularly alarming.

President Clerides and the Greek government are especially concerned about this prospect and this is why the UN is being encouraged not to act in this direction, he said.

''If the UN puts forward a plan on a take it or leave it basis, personally I would consider it a grave political error on their part,'' he said.

Today's meeting took place in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto and the aides of the leaders of the two communities.

Negotiations are on the basis of a UN peace plan, which Secretary General Kofi Annan put forward to the two sides in December. Annan may present a second revised plan in the not too distant future in a bid to clinch an agreement before the February 28 deadline he set out in the original proposal.


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