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Vassiliou says Turkish statement prolongs contradictions
2002-11-30 15:21:04

Nicosia, Nov 30 (CNA) - Cyprus' Chief Negotiator with the EU George Vassiliou told CNA today that the statement issued yesterday by Turkey's National Security Council regarding the Cyprus question was a continuation of the Turkish side's contradicting positions on the UN chief's plan to solve the problem.

He said ''this statement is not enough to judge Turkey's stance by'', regarding Kofi Annan's plan, adding that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash ''on one hand says he does not accept the plan and on the other says he does''.|

''My information says that in his letter to the UN Secretary General, Denktash states that he accepts Annan's plan for further negotiations'', Vassiliou said but pointed out that this was just information.

He added that ''the decision of the National Security Council of Turkey is one of tactics and does not clarify whether negotiations on the UN Secretary General's plan are supported or not''.

Asked if he thought Turkey might receive a date to commence accession negotiations with the EU at the Copenhagen European Council, Vassiliou said ''this would greatly depend on her stance regarding the Cyprus problem, and we will insist on this''.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The UN Secretary General submitted a plan for a settlement on November 11.

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