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President Papadopoulos congratulates Turkish Cypriots
2003-12-15 17:56:46

Nicosia, Dec 15 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has congratulated the Turkish Cypriots on the message of disapproval they have sent, through the expression of their will in Sunday's "poll", to the Turkish side and in particular to the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Rauf Denktash.

The President expressed hope that the outcome of Sunday's "poll" in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus will lead to a new state of affairs that would help resume peace negotiations as soon as possible.

He also said it is too early to draw any conclusions with regard to Turkey's future moves.

''The only thing we can say is to congratulate our Turkish Cypriot compatriots and the Turkish Cypriot parties which sent through this poll a message of disapproval to the tactics of the Turkish side and in particular to Denktash's tactics,'' the President said, invited to comment on the outcome of the procedure.

According to unofficial results, political forces among the Turkish Cypriots who oppose Denktash's policies got more than 50 per cent of the vote and secured half the ''parliamentary seats''.

The President expressed hope that Sunday's ''elections'' will lead to ''a new state of affairs which will allow the Turkish side to change its policy so that we can move forward to talks as soon as possible.''

''It must be made clear though that decisions on the question of Cyprus are taken in Turkey,'' he added.

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