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Spokesman says no change in Turkish policy
2002-11-08 15:02:03

Nicosia, Nov 8 (CNA) ? The Government has said statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's advisor, Ergun Olgun do not constitute a change in the Turkish positions on Cyprus.

Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said if Olgun had "limited himself in saying a solution is possible by December 12, obviously there would have been something worthwhile in his statements".

"But when he reiterates the theory of 'two states' and 'two sovereignties', I believe there has been no change in his positions", Papapetrou added.

In his interview with CNA Thursday, Olgun claimed ''the objective is to reach a new partnership state in Cyprus, that will be constituted by two co-founder states".|

UN-led direct talks for an overall settlement, which began in January 2002, have failed to yield results because of Rauf Denktash's insistence to create two "sovereign states" contrary to UN resolutions calling for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

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