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UN responds to Denktash's proposal
2003-04-04 09:57:42

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Apr 4 (CNA) -- The UN appeared Thursday rather indifferent to a package of measures Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has proposed.

''The Secretary General received copies of both letters exchanged between Mr. Denktash and Mr. Papadopoulos. His assessment of 11 March outlines the positions taken by the two leaders at The Hague. His report to the Security Council on the negotiation process which came to an end that day, will be issued shortly, we think that will be on Monday. And that's all I have to say about those letters,'' Kofi Annan's spokesman Fred Eckhard said, when invited to comment on the matter.|

On Wednesday, Denktash announced at a press conference that he had proposed in a letter to President Tassos Papadopoulos a package of measures to help resume dialogue.

In his reply letter the Cyprus President said any such moves should be carried out in the context of the mission of good offices of the Secretary General and reiterated his wish to work for the resumption of negotiations in this framework.

Last month, Denktash rejected Annan's peace plan, saying he wanted radical changes to it. He also refused to put it to a referendum to the Turkish Cypriots, as the UN had requested.

Papadopoulos said he accepted the plan as a basis for negotiations, he would put it to a referendum but wanted to see all aspects of the plan completed (including legislative matters) and ensure that the people are sufficiently informed about its contents before they vote in a referendum on it.

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


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