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Denktash proposes package to Greek Cypriot side
2003-04-02 14:37:01

Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) - Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash today proposed to the Greek Cypriot side a package including ''land concessions'' that he said he hoped might act as ''catalyst'' to a final settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Denktash said his six proposals, presented in a letter to President Tassos Papadopoulos, included allowing Greek Cypriots access to Varosha, a fenced off and empty suburb of Famagusta under Turkish occupation since the 1974 Turkish invasion.|

According to Reuters, Denktash said the Greek Cypriot side should end a so- called ''trade embargo'' on the Turkish Cypriot side.

''I have suggested to him some ideas which I believe could initiate a process of dialogue and consultation leading to a working relationship between us,'' Denktash said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

UN-led talks ended in a deadlock in March after Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash declined a UN suggestion to put to a referendum the peace proposal.


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