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Papapetrou says Annan gives ''stigma'' of developments
2003-01-15 12:43:09

Nicosia, Jan 15 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that UN chief Kofi Annan gave the ''stigma'' of developments when he said yesterday that the UN are in a striking distance of reuniting Cyprus. Papapetrou noted that ''we must take this message into serious consideration''.

Papapetrou says Annan gives ''stigma'' of developments Nicosia, Jan 15 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that UN chief Kofi Annan gave the ''stigma'' of developments when he said yesterday that the UN are in a striking distance of reuniting Cyprus. Papapetrou noted that ''we must take this message into serious consideration''.

The Spokesman also described as important the US stance against Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and its solidarity with the Turkish Cypriot demonstrators demanding peace and a solution.

''We are not used to the Americans handling Denktash in this way'', Papapetrou said.|

He added that statements by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher were considered by reporters present as a ''slap'' against Denktash.

Papapetrou said ''no one could downgrade such remarks when they come from a superpower, the role and impact of which on international developments is determining and well-known to all''.

He also expressed hope that ''Denktash will change his policy or resign'', noting that at the end of the day ''we are obliged to negotiate with whoever comes as the representative of the Turkish Cypriot community whenever the UN Secretary General invites us''.

CNA/KN/RG/MM/2003

ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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