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Media Watch 2003

16 May 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 16 May 2003
Government slams ‘fanatical’ Denktash views

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday accused Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash of repeating himself and said his statements in recent days had been “fanatical”.

Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides was commenting on statements by Denktash that by allowing people to cross, the Turkish Cypriot side had taken the first step towards the result, “which they have been dreaming of for years”. This result was something that a peace-loving people wanted to reach by protecting its rights, he said.

Denktash made the comment to a mainland Turkish television station. Chrysostomides said Denktash’s views were “unacceptable, fanatical and monolithic” and that the Turkish Cypriot leader had been repeating himself for decades.

Denktash also told the television station that he was hopeful for developments. “Those who overturn this proposal, will prove to the whole world that they don’t want peace on Cyprus,” he said.

He also said Greek Cypriots crossing to the north were able to see that Turkish Cypriots were not oppressed and that the situation that had developed was “the model for the future”.

“Exchange of property will be overcome with compensations and border adjustments will be made,” he said. “If there is willingness in the Greek Cypriot side, the problem will be solved together. However, we will not give up our state, sovereignty, equality and guarantee of Turkey.”

Denktash has repeatedly said that Greek Cypriots should pursue their property claims through the courts in the north, something the government finds unacceptable.

Chyrsostomides yesterday called it a “trick” by Denktash and another avenue for the Turkish Cypriot side to push for recognition. “Courts in the north that will examine Greek Cypriot applications have no standing in international law,” he said, adding that it would be completely illegal and unreasonable for the European Court of Human Rights or the Council of Europe to accept such applications as legal under provisions requiring applicants in a dispute to exhaust all internal means before resorting to Europe.

“This has been studied by the Republic and legal experts and it would be completely unjustifiable,” he said."