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Britain: Denktash to blame for breakdown of talks in The Hague
2003-03-11 14:32:00

by Kyriakos Tsioupras -- London, Mar 11 (CNA) -- Britain has agreed with UN Secretary General Kofi Anan that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is to blame for the breakdown of the Cyprus peace talks in The Hague earlier today.

Foreign Office official Spokesman told CNA that ''it is sad that the attitude of one of the parties forced that decision on the UN Secretary General and we have to agree with Kofi Annan that the blame principally lies with Mr. Denktash''. |

The Spokesman added that Denktash rejected the idea to put the UN proposals to a referendum, as well as to continue the work on the legislation committees.

''Kofi Annan had no choice but to reach the conclusion that he reached'', the British official told CNA.

He agreed with UN SG, who ''made it clear that the attitude of one of the parties to the process makes further progress impossible''.

The Spokesman thanked the UN team under UN Secretary General's Special Advisor for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto for carrying out the negotiations ''skilfully and professionally, bringing the efforts closer to a solution than any other occasion''.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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