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Cypriot FM: No prospect for resumption of Cyprus negotiations
2004-11-08 10:35:17

Nicosia, Nov 8 (CNA) Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou has said there is no prospect to resume Cyprus negotiations, taking into consideration the statements made both by Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot side.

Replying to questions, Iacovou said that ''Turkey is ruling out any dialogue with anyone to pursue a Cyprus settlement and it has stated this in an explicit and straightforward way.''

As regards the Turkish Cypriot side, he said that former ''prime minister'' Mehmet Ali Talat ''sometimes says that he is willing to meet to see with us what changes are needed or which we outline and sometimes says that the Annan plan is not negotiable.''

He added that what he is hearing is what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul are saying.

''They do not even have an interest in resuming a discussion on Cyprus now and this is the reason why they are not even discussing any negotiation at this moment,'' the Cypriot Minister added.

As regards Turkey's EU course, Iacovou reiterated the Government's position that ''a European Turkey must emerge, fulfilling its obligations towards the EU and Cyprus.''

Asked if the Cypriot Government is trying to link the Cyprus problem with Turkey's EU course, Iacovou said ''the Cyprus problem as a whole cannot be linked but there are some aspects that constitute violations of the Copenhagen criteria.''

Asked if, in the event Cyprus decides to veto Turkey receiving a date to commence EU accession negotiations in December, this will take place in consultation with Greece, the Minister expressed doubt that any voting will take place as regards this issue, adding that the Presidency is the one to say whether there is unanimity or not.

''We will not get engaged in a negotiation with ourselves. The final decision will be taken after we take all facts into consideration on the night of December 17,'' he noted, adding that Cyprus' cooperation with Athens is an almost daily procedure.

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