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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 99-03-07

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  • [01] UNFICYP event - Denktash
  • [02] Greek Foreign Minister - Greco-Turkish relations

  • 1220:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] UNFICYP event - Denktash

    Nicosia, Mar, 7 (CNA) -- Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash refused permission to Turkish Cypriot women wishing to attend an event organised yesterday by the UN Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to celebrate International Woman's Day.

    Invited to comment on the issue UN Resident Representative Dame Ann Hercus expressed disappointment for the decision taken by the Turkish Cypriot leader.

    The event organised by UNFICYP at Ledra Palace Hotel, situated in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia, was attended by hundreds of Greek Cypriot women of all ages.

    Denktash has repeatedly obstructed bicommunal activities, aiming at bringing Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots together.

    Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, occupying 37 per cent of the island. Despite repeated UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey retains some 40.000 troops in the northern part of the island.

    CNA RM/MCH/1999

    [02] Greek Foreign Minister - Greco-Turkish relations

    Nicosia, Mar 7 (CNA) -- A heated incident between Greece and Turkey would certainly be major and could lead to a confrontation between the two countries which could even lead to war, Greek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou, has said.

    In an interview with Cypriot daily "Phileleftheros" Papandreou expressed Greece's wish for peaceful relations with Turkey, stressing, however, that they should be based on international law.

    The Greek Foreign Minister also dismissed attempts by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to link the Ocalan affair to the Cyprus problem and Greco-Turkish issues.

    Kurdish rebel leader, Abdullah Ocalan, was abducted, as he was leaving the Greek Embassy in Kenya, and was then transferred to Turkey, where he is expected to be tried.

    "Denktash is looking for excuses in order not to proceed in a substantive discussion for a solution to the Cyprus problem," Papandreou said, expressing the view that "these are not serious excuses and they are not viewed as such by the international community".

    CNA MCH/RM/1999
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