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Papadopoulos criticizes Denktash
2004-03-10 10:54:11

Nicosia, Mar 10 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos criticised today Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that not only he rejects the idea of the UN taking over the administration of the areas to be returned to the Greek Cypriot side, but also sets out other preconditions so that territories will not be returned to the Greek Cypriot side if the problems of Turkish Cypriots living now to these areas and to be removed are not solved.

Speaking to the press on his departure from the Presidential Palace to attend his 13th meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in the framework of the UN-led direct talks on the Cyprus problem, Papadopoulos said the issue to be discussed today was properties, adding that ''the issue of the UN Authority dealing with the areas to be returned will be raised again.''

''I want to underline that Mr. Denktash not only rejects this idea but also adds an important condition: that no territories will be returned, before the problems raised by the resettling of Turkish Cypriots living (at the areas to be returned) are completely solved and their efficient employment is secured.''

''This may happen either in three years, or in six, or in more years and I do not think someone would accept that Turkish Cypriots will get from the first day what they are pursuing through the Annan plan, while we will be waiting (to get what we want) at a later stage, based on good will, if this is expressed.''

Asked if he is satisfied with the new team for the Cyprus team set up at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the appointment of Petros Moliviatis as Foreign Minister, Papadopoulos said the Cyprus government is in contact with Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and expressed certainty that Karamanlis will make the right choices regarding the Cyprus problem.

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