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Markides says Denktash unlikely to reply
2002-11-25 17:58:47

positively to Annan plan Nicosia, Nov 25 (CNA) - Attorney General Alecos Markides has expressed the view that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will not accept the UN Secretary General's plan for a Cyprus settlement a few days before the Copenhagen European Council, further restricting the already limited time left for negotiation.

''If he does that, it will be a radical development, and then the National Council and the President (Glafcos Clerides) will undertake their responsibilities and handle such an action, however it is not likely that such a thing will take place'', Markides said.

He said statements made by the Turkish side did not indicate that such a development would be possible but said if it does happen eventually ''it will be handled by the political leadership within a spirit of unity''.|

The Attorney General noted that the Greek Cypriot side has repeatedly made efforts to stop derogations from the acquis communautaire in the Annan plan.

The Turkish Cypriot leader has yet to reply to the UN chief's request that the two sides reply to his blueprint by November 18. He remains in hospital in New York, recovering from the open-heart surgery he underwent on October 7.

The Greek Cypriot side replied on November 18 to the UN within the requested timeframe from the day the UN proposal was presented on November 11.

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

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