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Erdogan gives signs that he favours changing Turkey's policy on Cyprus
2003-01-02 15:55:38

Under the title ?Erdogan criticizes Denktas? NTV television (01.01.03, NTV MSNBC Internet version) reports that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chairman of the Justice and Development Party (JDP), said the day before that he was not in favour of continuing the policy that has been implemented in Cyprus for the last 30-40 years.

In a statement to ?Rize TV?, Erdogan noted that politics is the art of generating solutions and not problems.

?I am not in favour of continuing the policy that has been implemented in Cyprus for the last 30-40 years?, said Erdogan adding: ?This issue is not Mr. Denktas' personal issue. It is the struggle of the people for their existence. Mr. Denktas is saying that the plan is negotiable but that he does not trust the other side. Here we will leave the issue of trust aside. Since we believe that this plan is negotiable, then we will negotiate?.

Noting that the situation will get more difficult if a decision toward a solution is not made in Cyprus by 28 February, Erdogan concluded: ?If some 30,000 people are staging a demonstration in north Cyprus, then this means that north Cyprus is advancing toward some goal. We should well assess the issue. One cannot cast aside the views of the people on the issue?.

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