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Cyprus government will welcome change of Turkish policy
2005-01-21 15:11:29

Nicosia, Jan 21 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government would welcome an explicit and concrete change of policy on behalf of so-called prime minister in the Turkish-occupied areas Mehmet Ali Talat and Turkey, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.

Invited to comment on Talat's statements, who had said that he expected suggestions from the Greek Cypriot side with regard to the Annan plan for a Cyprus settlement because the Greek Cypriots had rejected the plan in a referendum last year and that he is ready to discuss everything, Chrysostomides said he is not aware if these statements reflect a change of policy.

''His (Talat's) previous statements are well known as well as the efforts he made to acquire political benefits through the Turkish Cypriots' 'yes' at the referendum,'' Chrysostomides said.

''But we would welcome an explicit and concrete change of policy on behalf of Mr. Talat and Turkey,'' the Cypriot official added.

He noted that the government of Cyprus proved in practice its will for a Cyprus settlement by not putting a veto during the December 2004 European Council, when the EU decided to give Turkey a date to begin its accession negotiations.

Invited to comment on Talat's statement that the Annan plan is consistent with the acquis communautaire, Chrysostomides said ''it is well-known that derogations from the acquis communautaire exist in the Annan plan.''

''If these derogations were accepted (by the two sides) then the EU would not oppose them,'' he said, noting that it is a fact that ''the Annan plan has provisions which contradict the acquis communautaire.''

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