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Papapetrou: The Belgian constitution must be discussed in its entirety
2002-06-26 08:14:43

Nicosia, Jun 26 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has said that President Glafcow Clerides is willing to discuss the Belgian constitution as a whole with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in the framework of the UN-led direct talks and not selectively as Denktash proposes.

Speaking to the press after today's cabinet meeting, Papapetrou said that no one has ever said we would copy this constitution and implement it as it stands in Cyprus.

"When we say that we will look into it as a whole, we mean that we should negotiate on the basis of its concept and not selectively on specific articles as Denktash wants, to in order to promote its partitioning plans," Papapetrou stressed.

The spokesman said the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, will have to decide, when the need arises, what is acceptable and can be implemented in Cyprus, taking into consideration the views of the European Union which demands that Cyprus speaks with one voice in Europe and is in a position to implement EU laws and regulations.|

Government Spokesman confirmed that the territory issue was on the agenda of yesterday's meeting between President Clerides and Denktash. The other three core issues discussed at the talks are governance, security and property.

"Denktash listened to the positions outlined by the President and said he would respond to them later," Papapetrou said.

Invited to comment on the fact that the end of June target date is closing in, Papapetrou said that the UN Secretary General should take that into consideration and see why the June date has expired without any results.

Clerides and Denktash launched direct talks in mid-January this year, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is achieved on the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Denktash first mentioned the June target date, saying an agreement could be reached by the end of this month. Clerides, the UN and others have adopted Denktash's approach, who in the recent past has backtracked on his initial position.

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