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Cypriot Government satisfied with T/C voting results
2003-12-15 17:12:47

Nicosia, Dec 15 (CNA) - The Cyprus government has expressed satisfaction over the result of the so-called parliamentary elections that took place in the Turkish-occupied areas of the Republic yesterday.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said that ''in any case, it is an illegal and secessionist action'', noting however that the result was ''a disapproval of the so far policy of the Turkish side and especially of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on the Cyprus problem''.

He expressed hope that ''the result of the voting and what will follow will create the conditions that will allow the resumption soon of talks on the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan plan, which will lead to a timely solution'', so that a reunited Cyprus may join the EU in May 2004.

Chrysostomides said statements today by Denktash ''indicate that he has not changed his stance'' and reiterated the political will of the Greek Cypriot side for the immediate resumption of peace talks on the basis of the twice-revised solution plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

''This was and remains our position and is not altered by the result of the elections'', he added.

Asked if President Tassos Papadopoulos had changed his mind about contacting the UN chief irrespective of the result of the ''elections'', in order to resume peace talks, Chrysostomides said the President's position had not changed at all.

Invited to say if President Papadopoulos would be travelling to New York to meet with Annan or would send him a letter, Chrysostomides said no decision had been taken yet about how to contact the UN Secretary General.

Chrysostomides said ''Turkey still determines the policy on the Cyprus problem and the result of the elections sends a message to Turkey to change its policy so far on the form a solution would take on and lift the obstacles for the reunification of Cyprus''.

He added that ''it has been proven once again that the participation in the elections of settlers and others from Turkey, who are the majority, makes the expression of the true will of the Turkish Cypriots impossible''.

Invited to comment on any possible alliances of political parties in the Turkish occupied areas, Chrysostomides repeated that the ''elections'' were illegal and said ''what interests us is the resumption of talks with the Turkish Cypriot community, under UN auspices, in the context of the Annan plan, so that negotiations and the effort to solve the Cyprus problem can continue''.

Asked what would happen if the ''elections'' were repeated, since the ''ruling'' and ''opposition'' parties gathered the same number of ''seats'' in the so-called parliament, Chrysostomides said the result would once again be a disapproval of Denktash's policy.

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