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Government not negative towards UN proposals
2002-07-15 10:09:15

Nicosia, Jul 15 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that the government is not negative towards any proposals on the Cyprus problem being submitted by the United Nations, but instead favours the greatest possible engagement of the UN in the process of direct talks to reach a settlement.

Papapetrou said "it is licit for the Greek Cypriot side to pursue and struggle and demand and request that these proposals to be submitted will be within the framework of UN decisions".

He added that this would also be in line with the recent statement issued by the UN Security Council, after being briefed by the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, about the course of the UN-led talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.|

Asked if the government had any information about plans or proposals to be submitted by the UN, Papapetrou said "we have no information" and that "no one knows beforehand".

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led direct talks between President Clerides and Denktash began in January this year, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is reached. The fifth round of the talks begins tomorrow.

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