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Cyprus problem must be solved within UN framework, says Simitis
2003-04-02 14:41:55

Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) ? The Cyprus problem must be solved within the framework of the United Nations, stressed Greek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis in reply to his Turkish counterpart's proposal to discuss the issue during the framework of the summit of East European countries to be held in Belgrade.

Replying to a question today by a member of the European Parliament's Socialist Group, Simitis said if such a meeting is to take place in Belgrade, then the Cyprus problem will not be the only issue to be examined, the Premier was quoted by Athens News Agency as saying.

Simitis said he clarified to Erdogan that the Cyprus issue is being discussed between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and there is nothing more that he could do than just offer his opinion.

The Premier's statements were echoed by Cyprus Government Spokesman, Kypros Chrisostomides who said here Wednesday that the "Greek side does not intend to discuss with the Turkish leadership issues which go beyond what has been agreed with the Cyprus government".|

Deputy Press Minister, Tilemachos Hitiris, said that Greece proposed to Ankara that all issues which are being discussed between Greece and Turkey be discussed in Belgrade.

He pointed out that this did not mean the only issue to be examined would be the Cyprus problem, but also all issues which concern the two sides, such as the road map for Turkey's accession to the European Union.

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


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