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Spokesman:we may decide on our reply at The Hague
2003-03-07 11:08:34

Nicosia, Mar 7 (CNA) ? Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides has said that the Greek Cypriot side may take its final decision on whether it will hold a referendum on a UN peace proposal, on Monday, at The Hague.

The spokesman also said that former President of the Republic, Glafcos Clerides would travel to The Hague with President Tassos Papadopoulos and members of the National Council for a meeting with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who has invited the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides there to tell him if they will put to the people of Cyprus his plan for a comprehensive settlement.

''The position of the Greek Cypriot side has not been finalised yet. The National Council will convene tomorrow and the reply of the Greek Cypriot side will depend on developments at tomorrow's meeting and the views of Council members", he said.|

Asked if the Greek Cypriot side will communicate its reply to Annan even if the other side says that it would not respond or that it would adopt a negative stance, the spokesman said that ''our reply will represent the response of the Greek Cypriot side, irrespective of any answer the Turkish Cypriot side gives. This is our position.''

Asked to what extent the reply of the Greek Cypriot side will depend on how the other side behaves, Chrisostomides said "nobody knows how things will develop, all we know is that there will be a meeting of the President with the UN Secretary General at 10 on Monday morning at the Peace Palace in The Hague".

The Spokesman said that "we must give a reply at The Hague" and pointed out that "a clear reply might not mean a mere 'yes' or 'no'. There are other elements which might be included in our reply", he added.

Replying to questions, he said that the Greek Cypriot side wants to negotiate and depending on the outcome of the meeting on Monday, the future course of the peace effort will be defined.

Invited to comment on statements from Turkey with regard to the peace effort, ahead of Monday's meeting, he said "Denktash's (Turkish Cypriot leader) speech before the Turkish National Assembly and the statement by the spokesman of the Turkish President as well as remarks by three other parties give no indication for a positive stance on the part of the Turkish side towards the UN peace plan.''

Chrysostomides said that Denktash's attitude "remains the same and that generally, the Turkish side's stance is not constructive".

CNA/MK/EC/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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