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Denktas:No to Imposition, Yes to Compromise

InternationalIstanbul, TURKEY, February 09, 2004 - Negotiations will start tomorrow in New York for a solution to the Cyprus issue. Flying to the U.S. upon an invitation from United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President, Rauf Denktas, objected to impositions stating that a solution could only be reached by mutual consent rather than pressure. Saying, We will try to do the best for our people.

The solution is a strong, permanent and fair agreement that pleases both parties. It depends on the willingness of the sides and the steps they would take.. The TRNC President stressed that despite everything they were going to New York with good intentions. Prime Minister, Mehmet Ali Talat, Foreign Minister, Serdar Denktas, and Undersecretaries, Ergun Olgun and Mumtaz Soysal, will accompany Denktas. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, Ugur Ziyal, who will represent Turkey during the negotiations, will also go to New York today. In addition to the negotiation committee, Greek politicians and former Greek leader, Glafkos Klerides, will accompany the Cypriot-Greek Leader, Tasos Papadopoulos, who is expected to go to New York after meeting with Greek Prime Minister,Kostas Simitis.

Annan will inform the U.N. Security Council about the letters of invitation he sent to the parties. Meanwhile, a U.N. diplomatic source stated that Denktas inclusion of Mumtaz Soysal will be problematic as Soysal is known for his tough manner in the negotiation committee.

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