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Greek Cypriot side replies to Denktash on missing persons
2002-07-23 08:19:42

Nicosia, Jul 23 (CNA) -- The Greek Cypriot side handed today to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash its reply on his document on the issue of missing persons.

The document was handed during a meeting held here today between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Denktash, who discussed this humanitarian issue at the presence of the UN Secretary General's Acting Special Representative in Cyprus Zbigniew Wlosowicz, Presidential Commissioner on Humanitarian Issues Takis Christopoulos and Turkish Cypriot representative to the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) Rustem Tatar.

The meeting took place after a meeting of the two leaders, within the framework of the UN-led direct talks going on since mid January this year with a view to reach a comprehensive settlement to the protracted Cyprus problem.|

CNA has learned that during today's meeting, at the presence of UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro De Soto and the two leaders' aides, Clerides and Denktash discussed the substance of the Cyprus problem but did not look specifically in any of the four core issues of the Cyprus problem (governance, territory, security, properties).

President Clerides and Denktash will meet again on Friday to continue their talks on a Cyprus settlement.

The talks will be followed by another meeting on the missing persons question, during which Denktash is expected to give some answers to the Greek Cypriot side's positions.

The Greek Cypriot side wishes to see a 1997 agreement on the issue of missing persons, signed by Clerides and Denktash, implemented. The agreement provides for the exhumation of remains in the government- controlled southern part of Cyprus and the northern areas of the Republic occupied by Turkish troops since 1974.

The Greek Cypriot side also wants the CMP to become more active in the resolution of the problem.



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