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Turkey's National Security Council backs Denktash
2002-11-30 15:30:29

Constantinople, Nov 29 (CNA) - Turkey supports Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's stance regarding the negotiating procedure on Cyprus, Turkey's most influential decision-making body, the National Security Council (MGK) said today.

A statement issued after a four-and-a-half hour meeting, said the Council assessed the ''general security and order in the country and was informed on the external and military developments and the latest developments in Cyprus''.

''Within this framework'', it said, ''Turkey supports Rauf Denktash's latest stance regarding the negotiating procedure''.|

The UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto said today that UN chief Kofi Annan considers Denktash to be prepared to negotiate on the basis of Annan's plan to solve the Cyprus problem, submitted earlier this month.

Annan has also asked the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to make known to de Soto, by November 30, their ''comments, suggestions or requests on his suggested basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, so as to enable the process to move forward''.

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


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