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Turkish Prime Minister advocates two-state solution for Cyprus
2005-09-19 12:07:11

New York, Sep 17 -- Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan provocatively advocated a two-state solution in Cyprus, saying that if President Tassos Papadopoulos does not accept this, there will be no political settlement on the island.

Speaking at a press conference in New York, Mr. Erdogan also said that Ankara has no intention of making any concession whatsoever prior to October 3, when accession negotiations with the European Union are set to start.

He then disclosed that he had discussed the Annan plan with President Papadopoulos during an encounter at a reception, which both leaders had attended.

''We talked about having one state in the north, one state in the south and a confederation. I said that this is what Mr Papadopoulos should accept, otherwise we cannot reach an agreement,'' he said.

On his country's EU prospects Mr. Erdogan had this to say ''there is no concession whatever that we will be giving or making until October 3. That is out of the question because Turkey has already done what she had to do and from this point on there is nothing else Turkey needs to do for October 3.''

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