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Spokesman:Turkish Cypriot proposal not in line with UN resolutions
2002-05-08 16:57:44

Nicosia, May 8 (CNA) -- A Turkish Cypriot proposal on a prospective solution of the Cyprus question, submitted at the ongoing UN peace talks, is not based on UN resolutions, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has said.

He also said that the Turkish Cypriot approach in this proposal is not at all in line with constitutions of countries it quotes, including Canada and the US.

The spokesman, speaking days before UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrives here to give a push to the peace talks, did not rule out the possibility of a deadlock in the UN-led negotiations.

| "I deny categorically that the proposal Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has put forward is based on UN resolutions, as claimed in reports carried by Anatoly news agency," Papapetrou said.
He stressed that Denktash's positions at the negotiating table "are in complete contradiction with the letter and the spirit of UN Security Council resolutions."

The spokesman also denied that Anatoly reports that Denktash's proposal is similar to constitutional provisions which apply in Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, the US and Germany.

Papapetrou refrained from any further comment and explained that he was forced to make these remarks because of the Anatoly reports about Denktash's proposals.

"I will neither deny nor confirm the reports," he said.

Replying to questions, he said "the risk for a deadlock exists since, after three months of talks and pressed by time constraints, there is no convergence and basically we are where we started off."

"Annan's trip to Cyprus and last week's statement by the Security Council, urging the Turkish side in particular to cooperate fully with the Secretary General's Special Adviser, are not irrelevant to this assessment of the situation in the peace effort," Papapetrou said.

He pointed out that if there were dramatic changes in the position of the Turkish side, the Council statement would have been different.

Questioned on the timing of the leaked information, he said this was "odd."

Annan arrives here on Tuesday in a bid to give the peace process a push and encourage both sides to make headway. His special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto has been conducting peace talks since mid January with President Galfcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

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