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Spokesman responds to Turkish statements
2003-03-31 14:07:12

Nicosia, Mar 30 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said today that Turkey's policies on Cyprus and those of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash cannot lead anywhere because they are based on a distorted assessment of the political realities of today.

The spokesman was commenting on statements from Ankara's powerful National Security Council expressing full support for Denktash's intransigent positions on UN-led efforts to find a settlement.

Chrisostomides stressed that this assessment contradicts the position taken by the international community and in particular the European Union.|

''It seems that the National Security Council of Turkey and the policy followed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan are fully aligned in support of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's monolithic hard line policy as far as the Cyprus problem is concerned,'' the spokesman said.

Such policy, he told CNA, will lead nowhere as ''it is an approach based on a distorted assessment of the political realities of today and it is contrary to the position taken both by the international community and European Union in particular.''

The spokesman said the UN was the only forum through which efforts for a solution can bear fruit with the support of the European Union, noting that the accession process of the Republic is now in the completion stage.

Chrisostomides pointed out that Turkey's and Denktash's policies reflect the latter's intransigence towards efforts to find a negotiated political settlement.

He said Turkish tactics cannot procure a deviation from international legality, which recognises the Republic of Cyprus and states that the efforts for a solution are restricted at the level of the two communities.

CNA NMA/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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