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Spokesman: Turkey will have to deal with Cyprus
2002-06-19 16:43:48

Nicosia, Jun 19 (CNA) -- Turkey will have to tackle the Cyprus question whether it wants to or not, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today, commenting on remarks by Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem.

"Turkey is under pressure and Ankara will always find the Cyprus problem in front of her, in particular in the next few months," Papapetrou said, after today's cabinet meeting.|

Cem had said Turkey wishes to compromise on Cyprus but warned that nobody should consider that Ankara is obliged to compromise.

"Whether he feels he should compromise or not, Cem will have to deal with Cyprus," Papapetrou said, adding that the mere fact that Cem made such a remark indicates that this matter worried Ankara.

Turkey and its puppet regime in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus insist on two separate states on the island, a position Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is pushing at the UN-led peace talks, which began in mid January this year.

As a result of this stance, no progress has been achieved at the talks so far.

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