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Greece-Cyprus believe Ankara consolidates Denktash's intransigence
2003-11-26 17:45:49

by Athena Arsalidou

Athens, Nov 26 (CNA) -- Athens and Nicosia believe that Turkey continues to back and strengthen the intransigent positions of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash with regard to a political settlement in Cyprus.

Speaking at a press conference here today after talks with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, Greek Premier Costas Simitis said that they discussed the prospects for the resumption of the UN-led peace talks for a solution, the case of Titina Loizidou, next month's European Union summit, international developments, issues relating to enclaved persons in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus, bilateral ties and other matters.

President Papadopoulos said there was an excellent spirit of cooperation between the two countries.

Simitis expressed the readiness of both governments to return to the negotiating table on the basis of a UN peace proposal and said the illegal regime in occupied Cyprus continues to grant so-called Turkish Cypriot citizenship to Turkish settlers ahead of next month's ''parliamentary elections.''

Simitis and Papadopoulos stressed in their remarks that member states of the Council of Europe have an obligation to implement decisions of the European Court of Human Rights without preconditions, especially those states wishing to join the EU.

''Turkey must comply immediately with the Court decision in the Loizidou case and give solutions to this case, not only because of the need to respect human rights but also because of the credibility of the Court itself,'' Simitis said.|

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