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President Clerides: No progress made so far for a solution
2002-03-29 13:57:32

Nicosia, Mar 29 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said here today that the necessary progress needed to pave the way for a solution to the Cyprus problem has not yet been achieved.

Invited to comment on Turkey's FM Ismail Cem's statements that as regards Cyprus' accession all relevant factors should be taken into account and that responsibilities should be attributed to the Greek Cypriot side, the President said it is not Cem "who will decide where responsibility lies in case of deadlock in the Cyprus talks, but the UN Secretary General based on the reports he will receive and Europe based on the reports it will receive from the EU representatives in Cyprus."

He expressed hope that the direct talks will have a positive conclusion, which will prove beneficial both for the Greek and the Turkish Cypriot community in view of the island's accession to the EU.|

President Clerides made it clear that in a previous statement he had not said the Cyprus talks are at a deadlock but that up to now there have not been such openings so that one might say that there is substantial progress on the basic principles of the Cyprus question.

President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been having direct talks since January 16, under UN auspices, with a view to finding a comprehensive settlement. The second round of talks ended last Wednesday. Talks are expected to resume on April 9.

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