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United Democrats and RTP say UN plan basis for negotiations
2002-11-30 15:38:13

Nicosia, Nov 29 (CNA) - The United Democrats and the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) agree that the UN Secretary General's plan for a Cyprus settlement can constitute a basis for negotiations to achieve the soonest possible a solution to the Cyprus problem.

A United Democrats statement said delegations from the two parties, chaired by their leaders, met in the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia.|

President of the United Democrats George Vassiliou told a press conference that the two parties agree that the plan constitutes a basis for negotiations to secure the soonest possible a solution to the Cyprus problem, which will give Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots greater prospects for peace, stability and development within the European family.
He congratulated RTP's leader, Mehmet Ali Talat and the other organisers of Wednesday's mass rally in the occupied areas for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Talat said the rally was the largest in the history of the Turkish Cypriot community, which indicates the determination for a solution and the accession of a reunited Cyprus to the European Union. He said that ''time is working against Cyprus and prospects for a settlement''.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/MAN/EC/RG/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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