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UN best way for Cyprus solution, says Britain
2003-04-03 20:03:45

by Kyriakos Tsioupras -- London, Apr 3 (CNA) -- Britain believes that the best way to solve the Cyprus question is through the good offices mission of the UN Secretary General.

Britain also thinks that confidence building measures is a matter for the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities to discuss.|

''The best way to a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus is for the two sides to resume talks under the auspices of the UN good offices and on the basis of the Secretary General's plan,'' a Foreign Office spokesman has said.

Invited to comment on a package of measures announced Wednesday by the Turkish Cypriot leader, the spokesman said ''confidence building measures between the two sides is a matter for them to discuss, although we do believe that the best context for them remains the UN.''

The measures were announced nearly a month after the collapse of the UN- led talks because Rauf Dentkash refused to put to a referendum Kofi Annan's peace plan and said that he wants radical changes to it. He described it a ''crime against humanity.''

Denktash made this latest move in a bid to ease the pressure on him and rid himself of the responsibility for the deadlock in this latest UN effort, many have described as the most serious ever undertaken.

Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said he accepted the UN plan as a basis for negotiation and said he would put it to a referendum but asked for the plan to be completed (legislative aspects of the solution) and to inform the people about its contents.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

CNA KT/MM/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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