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Letter Sent to Greek Cypriot Leader Papadopulos on 4 April 2003 by the President of the TRNC, H.E. Rauf R. Denktas


Dear Mr. Papadopoulos,

Thank you for your prompt letter of 2 April 2003, the contents of which I have duly studied.

I am still convinced that at the root of the long-standing Cyprus issue lies the deep crisis of confidence between the two sides. This factor has obstructed all efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement. The latest face-to-face talks process was not an exception to this.

My two-track proposal of 2 April 2003 was aimed at overcoming the crisis of confidence between the two peoples of the Island and contributing to the normalization of relations between them, while giving a new impetus to the efforts targeting a comprehensive settlement.

I would now like to briefly comment on some of the points that you have raised in your letter:

1. As I have confirmed in my letter of 2 April 2003, the Turkish Cypriot side continues to support the good offices mission of the Secretary General.

2. It was the Turkish Cypriot side that initiated the latest face-to-face talks. In this context, we engaged in good faith in the negotiation of the UN Secretary General's suggestions and actively put forward ideas for its improvement. The Turkish Cypriot side also actively engaged in all of the work of the Technical Committees. You also expressed reservations regarding the Secretary General's Plan and put forward suggestions. In fact, at The Hague, the Greek Cypriot side insisted on strict conditions to submitting the Secretary General's Plan to referandum. Again, at The Hague, I proposed that we should discuss the amendments both sides want, and if agreed, to put the Plan to referanda. I am sure you will agree that we can only tackle the core issues in the framework of such a process.

Let me confirm once again that the Turkish Cypriot side has always been for a mutually acceptable and freely negotiated settlement. In my view, the main reason for not realizing this objective is due to the failure to secure a socio-psychologically conducive environment, the achievement of which would have facilitated the evolution of a working relationship between the two sides, primarily through the building up of trust and confidence. It is this particular need that my proposals are set to address in practical terms.

I would, therefore, like to express that my proposals are still on the table. Because of the critical nature of the need to address the issue of trust and confidence in the building up of a partnership in the context of a comprehensive settlement, I will continue to pursue this subject and hope that you will look at my proposals with a new perspective.

I am also sending a copy of this letter to the UN Secretary General.

Rauf R. Denktaş