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Greek Cypriot side favours submission of UN proposals
2002-08-29 13:22:47

Nicosia, Aug 29 (CNA) --- The Greek Cypriot side would favour the submission of UN proposals on the Cyprus issue, as long as they are within the framework of UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou stressed here today.

Papapetrou warned that if the UN does not put forward any proposals, this "would perpetuate the deadlock in the Cyprus question" and he pointed out that "a non solution would consolidate today's de facto division of the island".

"We should not facilitate any move that might rule out the submission of UN proposals on the Cyprus issue," the spokesman said, adding that the Greek Cypriot side "has a legitimate right to ask and demand that UN proposals should be consistent with the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus."|

Addressing the 19th conference of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK), the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the First International Conference of Cyprus Youth Overseas, Government Spokesman expressed the opinion that the UN would not submit any proposals before the elections in Turkey take place.

"The only thing that is still pending is to set a time for the submission of UN proposals, but my personal opinion is that this will not happen before the third of November, when the Turkish elections take place," Papapetrou said.

The Spokesman also warned that the next four months would be crucial for the future of Cyprus.

"During this time we will be confronted with difficulties and challenges and we will have to take difficult decisions", he said.

He said that there is now more than ever before intense interest on the part of the international community in the Cyprus problem.

"Our moves should be such, so that things develop in a favourable direction", he added.

Papapetrou reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side has sought to link its two objectives, Cyprus' accession to the EU and the political solution, in the belief that the accession course would act as a catalyst on a settlement.

Referring to Turkey's EU accession prospect, he said that Cyprus and Greece both encourage the European course of Turkey under the European conditions.

"Greece is willing to set a date for the beginning of Turkey's accession negotiations with the EU, as long as Turkey fulfils some conditions", Papapetrou explained.

Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been engaged in UN-led talks since mid January this year with a view to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

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

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