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Spokesman says committees will not recognise occupation regime
2002-10-07 14:44:13

Nicosia, Oct 7 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou stressed there is no issue of recognition of the regime in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus from the work carried out by the ad hoc committee set up to deal with the treaties signed by both sides and determine which ones will be incorporated into a future reunited Cyprus.

Speaking after the Council of Ministers meeting, Papapetrou said the government has prepared alternative scenarios and there are strong international opinions that what is being ventured, in relation to the two subcommittees, under no circumstances breeds any dangers for recognition of the illegal regime.

Papapetrou said the technical work will have worth only on a political level if the political differences with the other side can be resolved, something which is not possible right now because there are no such indications since no progress was achieved in New York.|

Last week's talks in New York between President Glafcos Clerides, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan produced no positive results but instead the UN chief announced the creation of two technical committees to work on the treaties signed by the two sides and to prepare the necessary legislation that would take effect when a solution was found.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

Within the framework of an agreement, a number of pacts will be decided which will be binding for the reunified Cyprus, the Spokesman added.

Asked whether Denktash's actions will become lawful through articles of a new constitution, Papapetrou explained that there should be an agreement on every issue, but for this to take place the actions should not be contrary to the contents of a solution or the acquis communautaire.

Invited to say why the UN decided to set up the committees, the Government Spokesman said probably to keep the procedure alive until the elections in Turkey on November 3.

He also said that because the Cyprus problem is entering a critical stage and Denktash's illness created a gap, the UN went ahead and suggested the subcommittees to overcome difficulties.

Papapetrou reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's best wishes for the Turkish Cypriot leader's open-heart surgery, which took place today in New York.

He also said that if Denktash is not able to return to the negotiating table, around 20 days after the operation which was the time limit given by the Turkish Cypriot side to Kofi Annan, then the Turkish side and the UN will have to decide how to hold the UN talks.

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