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Denktash says solution impossible if Cyprus accedes to EU
2002-12-06 14:44:55

accedes to EU by Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Dec 6 (CNA) - Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said today it would be ''an impossible position for us'' to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem if the island entered the European Union next week during the Copenhagen European Council.

Speaking to Greek and Turkish reporters on his way to the New York Presbyterian Hospital for a check-up, Denktash said ''I am not bound by views before Copenhagen, this, that or the other happening. I don't know even if we can achieve it. I am not going to tie myself to anything. As we work for a reasonable solution, this is clear''.

Regarding his reply to a letter sent to him by the UN chief last week requesting the points he wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by Kofi Annan on November 11, Denktash said ''what we gave was our preliminary fundamental points. We did say there are other points also''.|

''The reason why the Secretary General forwarded his views, according to his letter, was because he saw no chance of the talks we were holding with Mr. Clerides to take us anywhere and having the EU programme in sight, he put forward his views, not on the basis of take it or leave it, but on the basis of a way of starting meaningful negotiations'', Denktash noted.

He added that ''when the reactions of both sides were such that he (Annan) could not proceed with it, he sent us a letter saying that we should give him our views on matters with which we didn't agree. And then he would give them to the other side and thus hope to start a process''.

''We did that, as you know, both sides did, both sides have strong reservations, on both sides there are movements against the Secretary General's views'', Denktash added.

Referring to the meetings the two sides had today in Nicosia with the UN chief's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, who handed the replies of each side to the other, Denktash said ''I suppose this is the day that we shall know what Mr. Clerides has written and he will know what we have written to the Secretary General, and then will see what the process will be''.

Cyprus, which opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998, has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


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