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Christofias: Political crisis in Turkey is a negative development
2002-07-15 10:18:58

Nicosia, Jul 15 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias has said that the political crisis in Turkey is "another negative development" with an uncertain impact on Turkey's stance regarding the Cyprus problem and Cyprus' European accession course.

Christofias, speaking here today at a church service for those killed during the July 15, 1974 military coup while defending the democratically elected President, Archbishop Makarios, said all political parties in Cyprus should assess the situation and act collectively, in order to prevent negative developments and to pave the way for positive ones.

"We must unwaveringly support and promote a solution based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation," Christofias said.

He stressed the need for the Greek Cypriot side to insist on the implementation of UN resolutions on Cyprus, which provide for one state, with a single sovereignty, one citizenship and one international personality, in which the freedoms and human rights of all parties, including the refugees' right to return to their homes and properties, will be safeguarded.|

Christofias said the message from all political parties to the UN Secretary General and the various mediators for Cyprus is that "the UN is obliged to act on the basis of its own decisions and resolutions and that every effort by the Secretary General should be based on the UN Charter principles and its resolutions on Cyprus".

The Cypriot official said the UN Secretary General is widely expected to table a plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem during the UN- led direct talks held between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. The fifth round of the talks, which opened last January, begins here tomorrow in the presence of Annan's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Peruvian diplomat Alvaro de Soto.

Christofias said the Greek Cypriot side "continues to strive for an honourable compromise with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots, remaining steadfast in its constructive position and honouring its commitment for a solution providing for a bizonal, bicommunal federation."

He added that if this fresh effort for a settlement does not bear fruit, "the Secretary General is entitled to suggest to the Security Council to allocate responsibilities and name the side which is responsible for the deadlock, seeking at the same time alternative ways to tackle the intransigence and threats of the Turkish side."

Otherwise, he warned, Denktash and Ankara "will be allowed to let time pass by without any cost for the intransigence they are showing."

Cyprus has been divided since the summer of 1974. Turkish troops invaded the island and occupied 37 per cent of its territory, five days after the Greek junta-led coup against President Makarios.

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