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T/C want solution, whatever outcome of negotiations, says Talat
2003-01-15 13:07:56

Nicosia, Jan 15 (CNA) ? The leader of the Turkish Cypriot Republican Turkish Party (RTP) Mehmet Ali Talat has said that Turkish Cypriots want negotiations to continue on the basis of a UN peace plan until 28th February and wish to see an agreement signed, whatever the outcome of the negotiations.

Talat was speaking after a meeting here Wednesday with AKEL General Secretary, Demetris Christofias who said that further negotiations and changes have to be made to the plan to make it more acceptable to both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities.|

Christofias said the main obstacle to proper negotiation and an agreement on the plan is Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

AKEL General Secretary called on the international community to turn its attention to Denktash and Ankara if a solution is to be found by 28 February, a target date set by the UN.

Talat said Turkish Cypriots "are very much concerned with Annan's timetable" and are very keen to find a solution by the end of February.

"Our position is to negotiate until 28th of February but whatever the outcome, just sign it (the UN plan). This is the position of the T/C opposition, this is not the same with the Greek Cypriot side", Talat said.

The Turkish Cypriot party leader said "Annan's timetable is an integral part of the plan itself" and T/C insist on finding a solution to the Cyprus problem by that time because Cyprus' accession to the European Union will be signed on 16th of April.

After that, "nobody knows what will happen", he said.

Referring to Tuesday's mass protest rally in favour of a settlement, Talat said it was an indication of the Turkish Cypriot opinion and the biggest rally ever staged in the occupied north.

The message "was clear and determined" to all directions, he added.

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

CNA/MAN/EC/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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