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Iacovou: Developments depend on 'Turkish Cypriot elections'
2003-08-18 09:27:48

Nicosia, Aug 18 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou has said that his foreign interlocutors keep reiterating to him the belief that things will continue to be difficult as long as Rauf Denktash remains the representative of the Turkish Cypriot side at the Cyprus talks.

''All of them are referring to the period after the 'Turkish Cypriot elections' this coming December,'' Iacovou said, adding that ''the diplomatic representatives of almost all countries believe that the parties which support Denktash will lose the so-called elections''.|



Asked about the content of a letter sent to him by US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Iacovou refrained from commenting but recalled that when he met the Secretary of State earlier this year in Washington Powell had reiterated US interest in a Cyprus settlement before May 1st 2004, so that a united Cyprus can join the EU.

The Foreign Minister said that Powell had also told him that the US is convinced that the Cyprus government wants a solution and is eager to cooperate to that end.

''And this for me is very very important indeed,'' Iacovou added.

Replying to questions, Iacovou said that various countries keep reiterating that ''while Denktash is the interlocutor at the peace talks, things are difficult and everybody refers to the 'post-election' period.''

Iacovou noted that if the so-called ''opposition'' in Turkish occupied Cyprus wins the ''elections'' then another interlocutor is expected to replace Denktash.

Diplomatic representatives of almost all countries believe that the parties which support Denktash will lose the ''elections'', the minister said.

CNA/MK/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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