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Turkish elections affects Cyprus efforts
2002-09-05 11:11:46

By Maria Myles-- Paris, Sep 5 (CNA) -- All parties involved in the Cyprus peace effort, with the UN in the lead, believe that developments depend largely on what happens in Turkey in the weeks ahead and in particular on the kind of administration that would be formed after November's elections.

The UN seems to be adopting at present a "wait and see" approach with regard to proposing an overall solution plan to President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.|

The EU has specific dates which affect both Cyprus and Turkey and it would seem unwise on the part of the main mediator (UN) to link, even inadvertently, the peace process with the EU accession course of either Turkey or Cyprus, although it is widely accepted one affects the other.

EU circles have already told Ankara that it is "dead wrong" if it believes it can either halt or derail Cyprus' accession course.

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