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Instability in Turkey not helpful for Cyprus peace talks
2002-07-17 22:47:17

Nicosia, Jul 17 (CNA)-- The political instability in Turkey does not facilitate the process of the UN-led direct talks, aiming at the settlement of the Cyprus question, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today.

Asked after today's Cabinet meeting whether the political uncertainty in Turkey affects direct talks, held between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, Papapetrou said that "uncertainty surely is not helpful for the talks" and pointed out "the issue at stake now that the developments have been finalised - namely that the country will proceed with elections - is what will come out of this crisis and not the crisis itself".|

Papapetrou also noted that the government follows the situation in Turkey.

Clerides and Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct talks with a view to solve the Cyprus problem since mid January this year. The fifth round of talks commenced here yesterday.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

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