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Cyprus President is ready to negotiate under UN auspices, says T/C politician
2005-11-16 11:20:48

Nicosia, Nov 16 -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos is ready to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat under the United Nations auspices.

This is what Turkish Cypriot United Cyprus party leader Izet Izcan said after his meeting with the President at Mr. Papadopoulos' private residence in Nicosia.

Mr. Izcan also said that he understands and respects the view that a possible initiative should be well prepared, “because we don’t want another failure”.

“Cyprus cannot take another defeat but Cyprus cannot also wait forever because the danger of a permanent division exists more today than before,” he added.

Mr. Izcan also urged Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot politicians to stop using ''provocative and insulting language'' against one another.

''This must stop immediately. Nobody has the right to insult each other every day,'' Mr. Izcan added.

The Turkish Cypriot politician noted that the basis of negotiations should be the UN decisions, the 1977 and 1979 High Level Agreements, and added that “we all know that he (Papadopoulos) also accepted that”.

Replying to a question on the changes which the Greek Cypriot tabled for the Annan plan, Mr. Izcan said ''these changes are not as somebody said three hundred but are limited.''

He added that the changes have been given by President Papadopoulos' Diplomatic office Director Tasos Tzionis to the UN Secretary General, adding that ''both sides know them but we have not discussed in detail the changes.''

“Now it is time to get on the table, after a quick preparation, and discuss these changes and work for a solution. We don’t need a fight, insulting speeches. We need cooperation, respect, love and a united Cyprus,'' he concluded.

Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said that the meetings between President Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot party leaders, such as the meeting with Mr. Izcan, will continue.

“Our side is interested on substance and to promote efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and reunify our country on the right basis and it is not interested in making announcements and impressions,” Mr. Chrysostomides added.

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