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Government condemns Denktash's refusal to open school
2003-08-26 23:46:50

Nicosia, Aug 26 (CNA) - The Cypriot government has condemned the refusal of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to allow the operation on the Rizokarpaso Gymnasium in the areas under Turkish occupation.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides furthermore dismissed Denktash's allegations that the Greek Cypriots were favouring a victory of the ''opposition'' in the Turkish-occupied areas during the forthcoming so-called ''parliamentary elections'', noting that at this moment Turkey did not seem set on changing its stance, which supports Denktash's policy.|

Chrysostomides said the United Nations had notified the Cypriot government that Denktash's reply regarding the operation of the Rizokarpaso Gymnasium was negative.

Referring to Denktash's statements on the issue of Greek Cypriot property in the Turkish-occupied areas, the Spokesman said Denktash ''continues to be negative and untruthful by saying that Cypriots wishing to sell their property are being threatened or are facing obstacles''.

Commenting on statements by Denktash that the Greek Cypriots were allegedly favouring a victory of the ''opposition'' in the so-called ''parliamentary elections'' in the Turkish-occupied areas, Chrysostomides said ''there is no intervention on behalf of our side''.

He noted that it was natural for the Greek Cypriot community to be ''totally disappointed'' with Denktash's stance, whom it regards as ''the basic obstacle at the moment for promoting efforts to solve the Cyprus problem''.

The Spokesman said Denktash's statements were ''extreme and chauvinistic'', adding that ''our effort is to reunite our country in the framework of the EU''.

Regarding Turkey's stance, Chrysostomides repeated President Tassos Papadopoulos' statements that the talks were being carried out all these years with Ankara.

He said that there was no change of Ankara's policy on the horizon at the moment, adding that it appears Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergogan ''supports Denktash's policy''.

Chrysostomides assured that the Greek Cypriot side would continue efforts to resume negotiations on the basis of a solution plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, regardless of the outcome of the so-called ''elections''.

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


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