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Government will not break away from UN framework on Cyprus
2003-03-13 16:36:16

Nicosia, Mar 13 (CNA) ? Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here Thursday under no circumstances the Greek Cypriot side will break away from the UN framework for a Cyprus settlement.

Invited to comment on a statement made by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that ''the parties, the leaders, have agreed to go to the island and continue talking,'' Chrysostomides said, "this was inaccurate. The parties have not agreed to talks or contacts, free from UN involvement".

He told reporters after the Cabinet meeting "we wish to continue negotiations within the UN framework and according to UN Security Council resolutions. Under no circumstances we will divert from that framework", Chrysostomides stressed.

The Spokesman expressed hope that the UN will continue to be involved with the Cyprus problem and the UN Secretary-General's good offices mission will again be at the disposal of the Security Council and its members.|

Chrysostomides pointed out that in statements in The Hague, the Secretary- General had clearly blamed Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the failure of the talks, and quoted him that "'one party had indicated he would not put the plan to referendum and, of course, did not seem to seize the urgency of the work that had to be done?".

"This is the most coherent statement by the UN Secretary-General as regards to The Hague and he blames Mr. Denktash", Chrysostomides added.

Meanwhile, President Tassos Papadopoulos briefed today the Cabinet in detail about the outcome of the talks in The Hague.

Chrysostomides said one of the decisions taken was that the campaign to inform foreign governments on the Cyprus problem would continue on an urgent basis.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

UN efforts to secure a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's third plan, came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday when Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said he was not prepared to agree to a referendum on the UN plan and raised fundamental objections to basic points in it.

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

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