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Nothing new in second Denktash letter, says Spokesman
2003-04-04 11:57:11

Nicosia, Apr 4 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's second letter to Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, adds nothing new.

He said the President's reply would be on the same level as his last reply.

Chrisostomides, who was speaking after meeting Turkish Cypriot leader of the Patriotic Unity Movement Alpay Durduran, said President Papadopoulos' reply would be examined during Monday's meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem.|

''Denktash's letter has been received. It adds nothing new to his last letter, and the President of the Republic's reply will cover Mr. Denktash'', the Spokesman said.

Answering questions, Chrisostomides said the content and philosophy of Denktash's letter is similar to his previous letter of April 2.

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

However, in his reply 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.

He also stressed that the UN Secretary General's mission of good offices represents the best hope to move forward towards a comprehensive settlement.

In his letter today, Denktash notes his proposals ''are still on the table'' and that he will ''continue to pursue this subject and hope that you will look at my proposals with a new perspective'', according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/GSA/EC/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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