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Media Watch 2003

17 May 2003
Source: Sunday Mail
Comment: The following article appeared in the Sunday Mail of Nicosia on 17 May 2003 written by a staff reporter.
Papadopoulos ‘is sincere’ about peace talks

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday dismissed claims by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that President Tassos Papadopoulos was not sincere in his wish to resume negotiations on the basis of a UN peace proposal.

Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said Denktash must be feeling the international isolation he had led himself into, and sense the pressure he was under to end the Turkish occupation of part of Cyprus.

“Denktash’s claims are an attempt to cover up his own sins, this is just a pretext he is using. The entire international community is well aware of his negative, monolithic and fanatical position, which everybody witnessed at the talks in The Hague in March,” he told the Cyprus News Agency.

The spokesman reiterated that the President’s positions were well known in the international community.

“His positions are genuine and they have not changed, the President is not tired of repeating his views to all directions,” Chrysostomides said.

Replying to questions, he said that both the UN and the European Union believed Papadopoulos was sincere in his resolve to work for a settlement based on the Annan plan. He added the President had said the plan should be adjusted to fit in with the new developments since the collapse of the talks in March – namely the signing of the EU Accession Treaty.

The spokesman also said that a constructive approach by Ankara on the Cyprus issue would help Turkey’s European aspirations and contribute to a political settlement.

He said Turkey had a long way to go to prove that it respected human rights and met European Union criteria.

“If Turkey displays genuine political will to solve a problem of gross human rights violations, such as the question of Cyprus, it will contribute positively to a decision by the EU in December 2004 on the start of accession negotiations and in general to a more positive approach towards Turkey’s European course,” Chrysostomides said."