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Christofias: Denktash ideas are not proposals
2003-04-03 19:41:16

Nicosia, Apr 3 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said he does not consider proposals what Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has included in a letter to Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos on Wednesday, and described them as an effort to deviate from the substance.

"I do not consider what Mr. Denktash has said as 'proposals'. I consider it an effort to deviate attention while the UN Security Council is expected to discuss the Secretary-General's report, a few days before the signing of the Accession Treaty to the European Union and surely some days before the announcement of the measures (for the Turkish Cypriots) from the government", Christofias noted.|

The House President said Denktash's move "aims at torpedoing developments."

Christofias pointed out that the reply given by Papadopoulos to the Turkish Cypriot leader "is clear and touches on reality, which exists in the conscience of the Turkish Cypriot community".

Quoting today's Turkish Cypriot press, Christofias said in its majority, the "opposition and non-opposition" newspapers stress that this was an awkward, deviating move. "Therefore, even Turkish Cypriots understand that Denktash wants to avoid a discussion of the substance of the Cyprus problem, based on the Annan plan, and move the issue elsewhere."

The Cypriot official said the United Nations had been informed about the Greek Cypriot side's positions.

In his letter to Papadopoulos on Wednesday Denktash said he believed his ideas could initiate a process of dialogue and consultation, leading to a working relationship.

Replying, Papadopoulos blamed 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.

Papadopoulos noted that the UN Secretary General's mission of good offices represents the best hope to proceed forward towards a comprehensive settlement.

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


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