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Denktash sends letter to Papadopoulos with proposals
2003-04-02 14:38:08

Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) - Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash today proposed to the Greek Cypriot side a package he described as a way to reach an agreement on the Cyprus problem.

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

He also proposes lifting the so-called ''embargo'' on trade, sports, civilisation and other sectors, and lifting the restrictions Greece imposes on his regime and Turkey on the Republic of Cyprus, noting that the EU should be called on to contribute to this end.

Denktash furthermore proposes that tourists move freely between the Turkish occupied areas and those under the legal government's control, and that passing through the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia be facilitated.

The Turkish Cypriot leader's proposals were presented this afternoon at a press conference in the Turkish occupied areas.

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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