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Papapetrou says Cem's statements "negative"
2002-06-01 13:50:03

Nicosia, Jun 1 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has described statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, that Ankara supports a solution of "two states" in Cyprus, as "totally negative".

Papapetrou said "there can be no solution to the Cyprus problem based on the model of two states and the responsibility will lie solely with the Turkish side".

Commenting on a statement issued after the recent Turkish National Security Council meeting, Papapetrou said "the wording is different" compared to previous statements and noted that "there is no mention of two sovereign states and issues that may hinder the process of talks" to solve the Cyprus problem.|

Papapetrou did not rule out the statement being yet another maneuvre of Turkish diplomacy and noted that if so it would become evident during Cyprus talks, as Turkey is feeling the pressure of time running out before Cyprus accedes to the European Union.

Cem, who arrived in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic yesterday for an illegal visit, expressed his country's support to a solution of "two states" in Cyprus.

Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash launched direct talks in January this year to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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