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Spokesman sees no change in Denktash's policy
2003-04-29 12:56:18

Nicosia, Apr 29 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said today that there does not seem to be a change in the policy of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on the Cyprus problem, because Denktash appears to insist on the continuous upgrading of the illegal occupation regime he set up in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

Chrisostomides said that the policy of Rauf Denktash and his son, Serdar, ''does not seem to have been altered or changed'', adding that ''what they insist on is the continuous upgrading of the occupation regime and their fundamental positions for separate sovereignty, borders and the exploitation of the arrangements made in the meantime, such as showing passports and issuing 'visas' and the continuous effort to reduce the negative impressions from their intransigent stance so far'' in the peace effort.|

Referring to Rauf Denktash's statement that he wanted to meet with President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, Chrisostomides said the statement was made ''in the context of Denktash's permanent effort to elbow the United Nations, to upgrade himself to leader of a form of state and downgrade the entity of the Republic of Cyprus''.

Chrisostomides said Denktash would not succeed and noted that the Greek Cypriot side's position was that ''all efforts to solve the Cyprus problem are made under the auspices of the United Nations''.

Commenting on a statement by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul that new initiatives would be undertaken, apart from easing restrictions on free movement, and asked whether the government was prepared to tackle such a situation, Chrisostomides said Gul's statements ''may give a slim indication of a change in thought but Gul has not announced what measures he would take''.

Invited to comment on statements by US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who said that the easing of restrictions would put pressure on the leaders of the two sides to reach a settlement, Chrisostomides said the Greek Cypriot side was ''receiving the messages'', noting that ''the one who appears not to be receiving the messages is Denktash, who insists on an effort to elbow the UN with every opportunity''.

CNA/EC/RG/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
29/04/2003

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