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Denktash says UN plan contains negative and positive points
2002-11-12 17:10:05

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 12 (CNA) ? Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said here Tuesday the document submitted yesterday by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the two sides in Cyprus contains some "positive and negative" points and that he did not believe either side would be satisfied with the territorial aspect.

Denktash, who is recovering from open-heart surgery, performed on October 7 in New York, said he would study the plan along with his associates when he returns to the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus possibly at the end of the week.

The Turkish Cypriot leader said he was "very hopeful" to be back in Cyprus, adding that this will depend on his doctors.

Regarding his meeting today with UN officials at the office of the Turkish Permanent Mission to the UN, Denktash said they had a "very good discussion on everything". He cited the SG's appeal not to make any hurried statements about the plan and "to really consider every aspect of it as a whole". Denktash also met Turkish Permanent Representative to the UN Umit Pamir and other associates.|

Denktash said he was not yet in a position to carefully study the plan because he is away from his advisers and his illegal "government", "parliament", and the Turkish Cypriot political party leaders.

He said he hoped to very careful study the plan when he returns to Cyprus as his "friends in Cyprus are doing and we shall have a joint statement when the time comes", he added.

Asked if there are positive things in the plan, Denktash said "to both sides there are positive things and negative things. And naturally there are very important aspects of it, especially on the question of territory", he said, adding he did not think "either side will be satisfied with what is on".

Invited to say what was the purpose of the meeting with the assistant of UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor Alvaro de Soto, Robert Dunn and UN Secretariat Desk Officer, Greg Boventer at the Turkish mission offices, Denktash replied they "got information from them" and asked "certain questions in order to clarify what was not clear to us and they gave us their views". He said they had "a very good discussion" which was "very useful".

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