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Attorney General: new constitution will be the Cyprus settlement
2002-08-30 09:06:45

Nicosia, Aug 30 (CNA) -- Attorney General Alecos Markides, top legal adviser to the President at the UN-led peace talks, has said that the Republic of Cyprus will continue to exist as a state and the new constitution that will emerge from the talks will essentially be the solution of the political problem.

He also said that there are no developments in the direct talks, which resumed earlier this week, and expressed the view that if the UN intend to put forward a plan for a solution, this is unlikely to happen before the Turkish general elections.|

"We are discussing the internal constitution of a state which should continue to exist, namely the Republic of Cyprus, and we are talking about compiling a new constitution which will be the solution of the Cyprus question," Markides said after a meeting here between President Glafcos Clerides and UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, he also attended.

He said that as far as the Greek Cypriot side to the talks is concerned, there is only one sovereignty in Cyprus.

The issue of sovereignty has been at the core of discussions for some time now with the Turkish Cypriot side demanding separate sovereignty and the Greek Cypriot side saying there must be one indissoluble sovereignty, that of the state of Cyprus.

Replying to questions, Markides said there is nothing new with regard to the course of the negotiations on Cyprus.

Asked if the UN would propose a plan for a solution, he said he did not think such a move would take place before Turkey's elections, scheduled for 3 November.

"I believe it is highly likely that the UN will put forward a comprehensive solution plan but I do not think this will happen next week in Paris," he said.

Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct 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% of its territory.

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