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UN: Papadopoulos showed willingness, Denktash rejected plan
2003-03-12 17:34:51

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Mar 12 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General's spokesman Fred Eckhard said here yesterday that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos indicated during the talks in The Hague a willingness to put a UN peace plan to a referendum under certain conditions, while Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said the plan was unacceptable.|

Asked who is responsible for the collapse of the talks, Eckhard told media representatives to draw their own conclusions.

''The Greek Cypriot leader (Papadopoulos) indicated a willingness to put the matter to a referendum under certain conditions, the Turkish Cypriot leader (Denktash) said that the plan was unacceptable so you can draw your own conclusions,'' Eckhard said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented the two sides in Cyprus with a peace plan on 11 November 2002, followed by a revised one a month later. His third plan for a settlement was submitted during his visit to Cyprus in late February.

CNA/AZ/MK/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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