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Spokesman urges Turkey to heed UN call
2003-05-16 14:58:35

Nicosia, May 16 (CNA) -- Turkey should take heed of a UN call that there exist more powerful political realities in international law and order than what Ankara claims to have in Cyprus, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said here today.

The Spokesman, who was commenting on statements by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul, also said that today's world political arena should encourage Turkey to change its stance quickly.|

''Gul's positions do not correspond to reality, he is repeating himself and the firm monolithic positions as expressed by Ankara for years,'' the Spokesman said.

He recalled that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in his report on the peace talks had pointed out that the prime responsibility for the collapse of the talks rested with the Turkish side.

''Annan also indicated that there are more powerful political realities in international law and the world political arena which Turkey must take into consideration,'' the Spokesman added.

Asked when Ankara might be ready to change its stance, he said that this would depend on many factors.

''I believe that the international scene necessitates a change on the part of Turkey and quickly, otherwise its international isolation will be consolidated,'' the Spokesman said.

In a speech in Brussels on Thursday, Gul said that a solution must be based on and reflect the so-called realities in Cyprus, on ''two separate peoples and administrations'' and claimed that neither community has accepted a UN peace plan for a settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/MM/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
16/05/2003

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