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Cypriot President: No resumption of talks before the ?elections?
2003-10-27 16:23:21

Nicosia, Oct 26 (CNA) ? Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said everyone ascertains that there is no possibility of resuming the dialogue for a Cyprus settlement before the completion of the illegal elections in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

Invited by reporters on Sunday to comment on the results of the visit to the region by US State Department Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston, President Papadopoulos said ?what should be done is for Turkey to change its attitude, positions on Cyprus, so we can be able to look towards progress on the Cyprus problem?.

To a remark about conditions which Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has set for the resumption of the talks, (about changes to all the provisions of the UN plan, no discussion of maps), President Papadopoulos said these ?are a repetition of old positions under a new format?.

?I do not think there is any possibility that the UN Secretary-General will accept Mr. Denktash?s conditions?, the President added.

?We are realists and should acknowledge that the decisions on Cyprus are taken by Ankara and the messages that we and the Americans get is that Turkey might have accepted that a non-solution is not a solution and might have abandoned the policy of reacting without limits, but has still to change the format and the framework of a solution which it considers unacceptable, which is, the recognition of two separate state entities on the island?, the President said.

Regarding the issue of whether observers should come to Cyprus to monitor the illegal elections of December, President Papadopoulos said their arrival was not the issue but what they intend to do when they are here.

Concerning the case of Greek Cypriot refugee Titina Loizidou where the European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey in 1998 to pay some 900.000 dollars in compensation to her for loss of use of her property, occupied by Turkish troops since 1974, Papadopoulos said it was unlikely that Turkey would go ahead and pay without setting conditions.

Acknowledging that he cannot predict the final outcome of the case, he reminded that in May when the Turkish Permanent Representative at the Council of Europe had said that Turkey would pay the compensation, everyone welcomed his statement but he (the president) had said, ?it was unlikely that it would pay without preconditions or terms?.

Her lawyer, Achilleas Demetriades said that deliberations would continue tomorrow, in view of the meeting of the deputy foreign ministers of the CoE to be held on Wednesday.

Turkey has said it is ready to pay the money to Loizidou but it is not willing to allow Loizidou access to her property, an obligation Turkey has to meet as part of the ruling.

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