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Spokesman: there are safety limits at the peace talks
2002-10-16 01:13:04

Nicosia, Oct 15 (CNA) -- The Greek Cypriot side is not prepared to accept absolutely anything that is put forward at the negotiating table, because it has certain safety limits beyond which it cannot go, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou stressed here today.

The spokesman said that if and when the UN present the two sides to the negotiations with a proposal for a solution, the Greek Cypriot side will examine it thoroughly and taking everything into consideration, will then express an opinion on it.

''Let us see first of all if such a plan will be forthcoming or not, let us what its contents is and on the basis of what we have before us, we shall take a stance,'' the spokesman said, replying to press questions about the likelihood that the UN might put forward a solution plan to facilitate the negotiating process.|

Papapetrou stressed that the Greek Cypriot side has ''safety limits'' with regard to this issue, and these are defined by the need to see the future state of Cyprus function effectively as a member of the European Union and the need to see the solution be consistent with UN resolutions.

His comments come in the wake of scores of press reports and public statements from various circles that the UN intend to present the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides with a plan for an overall solution after the Turkish elections and before the EU summit in mid December.

''The government will take into consideration all factors, including our accession course, but this does not mean that our reply will be a positive one, for the sake of any solution plan,'' the spokesman said.

Papapetrou urged those who are expected to put forward such a plan to work within the framework set out by UN resolutions and the need to have one state of Cyprus, with an effective administration.

Direct talks between the island's two communities began in January this year but so far no progress has been achieved towards a negotiated settlement.

The Turkish Cypriot side insists on the creation of two separate states and the Greek Cypriot side is working for a bizonal, bicommunal federation, in line with UN decisions.

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