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Denktash under pressure for settlement, says Spokesman
2002-12-30 11:31:38

Nicosia, Dec 30 (CNA) ? Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said it is "crystal-clear" that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is acting according to the instructions and perhaps pressure from the new Turkish government when he said he would make everything possible to find a Cyprus settlement by March.

"I do not think any logical person can accept that Mr. Denktash has changed his position views in such short time and has become compliant", the Spokesman added.

He said many things will be assessed by the extend in which the new Turkish government will be able to strengthen its positions and put pressure on Denktash to maintain a more flexible attitude.

The Government Spokesman said Denktash is under pressure from Turkey and the international community on his policy.|

"The pressure on the Turkish Cypriot leader will increase and then Mr. Denktash will be forced to lead things to a solution or submit his resignation if he cannot accept this policy".

Asked if Denktash has contacted President Glafcos Clerides to arrange a meeting, Papapetrou said no effort was made for such meeting. "If and when this happens, it will be examined by the President and perhaps the National Council before the President reaches to such conclusion", he added.

Denktash has said he would like to meet President Clerides to ascertain the latter's intentions.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is pursuing efforts to bring about a settlement of the Cyprus problem by the end of February 2003, on the basis of his revised proposals presented to the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides on December 10.

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


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