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Papadopoulos tells Denktash UN is best hope for Cyprus solution
2003-04-03 19:39:10

Nicosia, Apr 3 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, in a reply letter to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash notes the mission of good offices of the UN Secretary General represents the best hope for to proceed forward towards a comprehensive settlement.

At the same time he stresses to the Turkish Cypriot leader that if any negotiations are to be meaningful, Denktash should accept the continuation of the good offices mission of the Secretary General as well as the Secretary General?s plan as a basis for a further negotiating process.

In the letter, which was published at the end of last night?s extraordinary session of the National Council in response to Denktash?s letter to Papadopoulos containing ideas he believed could initiate a process of dialogue and consultation, leading to a working relationship, Papadopoulos blames Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side for having not accepted Kofi Annan?s plan as a basis for negotiating the final comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Papadopoulo's letter is as follows:

?I do not share your view that the stalemate at The Hague was due to 'the socio-psychological dimension of the problem and especially the deep crisis of confidence between the two sides.'

On the contrary, I believe that the real reason of the stalemate was that neither Turkey nor your side have accepted the Plan of the United Nations Secretary General as a basis for negotiating the final comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. In addition your side has not cooperated in the work of the technical committees and in the preparation of legislation and documentation required under the Plan.

It is my considered opinion that the mission of good offices of the Secretary General represents the best hope for us to proceed forward towards a comprehensive settlement.

My position was made abundantly clear prior, during and after The Hague. I simply quote the statement I made after the stalemate at The Hague, which is still valid.

'I want to give you an assurance that despite of this setback we will continue our efforts for reaching a solution on the Cyprus problem, both before and after Cyprus? accession to the EU and the fact of today?s setback is not going to put us outside our course of trying to find a solution within the parameters of the Annan plan.'

If any resumption of the talks is to be meaningful, giving hope for a solution of the Cyprus problem on a comprehensive basis in the very near future, I believe that you might indicate at the outset that:

(a) You accept the continuation of the good offices mission of the Secretary General, as provided for in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

(b) You accept the Plan of the Secretary General as a basis for a further negotiating process.

I sincerely hope that the Security Council will invite the Secretary General to continue his initiative with a view to arriving as soon as possible at a comprehensive settlement, which will entail the solution of all problems including those referred to in your letter.

I also copy this letter to the United Nations Secretary-General.?

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

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