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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-09-10
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Friday, 10 September 1999
 Spokesman replies to Denktash
The Government Spokesman, Mr Michalis Papapetrou, commenting on an
allegation made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Rauf Denktash to the effect
that the Attorney-General of the Republic Mr Alecos Markides yesterday said
that "bizonality in Cyprus is apartheid", today made the following
"I categorically deny this allegation made by Mr Denktash. Mr Markides,
speaking at a press conference he gave yesterday concerning the Report of
the European Commission of Human Rights on Cyprus' fourth application
against Turkey, made no mention of apartheid or bizonality, These
inventions by Mr Denktash are obviously aimed at disorienting world opinion
and giving him an excuse to avoid pressure exercised on him by various
sides as a result of his great intransigence.
I would also like to stress that the UN Secretary General, following the
proposal of the Group of 8 and UN Security Council resolution 1250, is
called upon to invite the two sides to talks.
If, by placing unacceptable conditions, Mr Denktash refuses to attend these
talks, then he is violating the UN resolutions and the Secretary-General
should hold him totally responsible. In any case, I would like to stress
that the Secretary-General's reply to Mr Denktash that he is acting within
the framework of the UN resolutions satisfies the Government and confirms
its position that talks without conditions mean talks held within the
framework of the UN resolutions."
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