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Spokesman: SC resolution does not point the finger at Turkey
2003-04-15 18:01:19

by Maria Koniotou-- Athens, Apr 15 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government said UN Security Council resolution 1475 on Cyprus, approved unanimously last night, contains important points that were expected to be included in it, but fails to point the finger at Turkey for the collapse of the talks in The Hague.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides, in the Greek capital for the signing on Wednesday of the Accession Treaty by Cyprus and the other nine acceding countries, told CNA that the important points, which were included, are:

Blaming Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the collapse of the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem due to his monolithic intransigence, that the plan is considered a basis for negotiations, that the Security Council will continue dealing with the Cyprus problem and that instructions are given to Secretary-General Kofi Annan to continue his mission of good offices.|

Chrisostomides said the fact that the resolution does not point the finger at Turkey, as the one responsible for the collapse of the talks, is “disappointing”.

He quoted Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos’ statement in The Hague, last month, that “we will continue efforts to reach a solution that will benefit all citizens of the Republic, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, even after 16 April”.

The spokesman said what is significant in the SC resolution is that the Annan plan for a comprehensive settlement remains on the negotiating table.

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

CNA/MK/EC/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

15/04/2003

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