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Cyprus government dismisses Denktash's claims
2003-05-16 14:59:44

Nicosia, May 16 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government dismissed today claims by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that President Tassos Papadopoulos is not sincere in his wish to resume negotiations on the basis of a UN peace proposal with a view at finding a comprehensive settlement.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said that Denktash must be feeling the international isolation he has led himself into and sense the pressure he is under to end the Turkish occupation of part of Cyprus.

''Denktash's claims are an attempt to cover up his own sins, this is just a pretext he is using. The entire international community is well aware of his negative, monolithic and fanatical position, which everybody witnessed at the talks in The Hague in March,'' he told CNA, invited to comment on Denktash's claims.|

The spokesman reiterated that the President's positions are well known in the international community and all those involved in the Cyprus question.

''His positions are genuine and they have not changed, the President is not tired of repeating his views to all directions,'' Chisostomides said.

Replying to questions, he said that both the UN and the European Union believe that President Papadopoulos is sincere in his resolve to work for a settlement based on the Annan plan. The President has said that the plan should be adjusted to fit in with the new developments, since the collapse of the talks in March, namely the signing of the Accession Treaty by Cyprus, he added.

''Denktash's claims are due to the fact that he feels isolated from the international community and the pressure to end the Turkish occupation,'' the spokesman told CNA.

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

CNA MM/GP/2003

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