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Papapetrou says Turks in a tight spot
2002-06-12 11:08:48

Nicosia, Jun 12 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that "the Turks appear to feel they are in a tight spot and are trying to create tension and crisis conditions with various spasmodic actions", noting that "neither the government, nor the political world or the media should facilitate them to reach their goal".

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Papapetrou noted that the governments of Cyprus and Greece agree that "the possibility of a heated incident is far off" and said the UN-led talks to solve the Cyprus problem have stumbled on the issue of security.|

Replying to questions about the behaviour of the Turks in general, Papapetrou said "the Turkish side has many ways out", and suggested that if the Turkish side were to accept solutions it proposed in the past, even if it did not actually mean it (bizonal, bicommunal federation) then the Turkish side is sure to come out of the tight spot.

He did not comment on information that the Turkish occupation troops seem to be getting ready for an attack, noting that "the evaluation of the governments of Cyprus and Greece, that the possibility of a heated incident is far off, is still in effect".

Asked if there were any difficulties at the Cyprus talks regarding the issue of security, Papapetrou said there were but did not go into any detail.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash launched UN-led direct talks in January, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is achieved.

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