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Thatcher held Denktas responsible for Cyprus Problem failure

Newly declassified British documents revealed how a 1990 meeting between ex-UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Turkey’s President Turgut Ozal, saw both discuss the Cyprus Problem, according to Anadolu Agency.
 
Within the archives it is stated that Thatcher held then-Turkish Cypriot chief Rauf Denktas responsible for failing to reach a solution to the Cyprus Problem.
 
According to the memo, Ozal asked why Thatcher did not meet Denktas, after which it stated: “The Prime Minister said she had no aspirations to be a mediator [and] help the United Nations Secretary-General find a solution before the end of his term’s office.”
 
Ozal noted that “[Thatcher] ought to hear the other side of the story”.
 
CONFERENCE ON CYPRUS
 
Current UK Prime Minister Theresa May could possibly attend a Conference on Cyprus this week, alongside the island’s other guarantor powers – Greece and Turkey.
 
On Friday, an unnamed British Government source told CNA English that Britain’s Government will be represented at the Conference at the “appropriate level”.
 
“If we reach that level [Erdogan attending], then I would imagine that the UK would also be represented by the Prime Minister.
 
“Nothing has been finalised [on UK representation]. We wait to see what the other two sides will decide.”
 
ERDOGAN TALKS
 
On Saturday, May called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the upcoming Geneva-based Conference.
 
Citing an unnamed Spokesperson, a Number 10 press release stated: “The Prime Minister called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier today to discuss the Cyprus peace talks.
 
“They agreed on the importance of reaching a successful resolution to the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva, noting that this was a real opportunity to secure a better future for Cyprus and to guarantee stability in the wider region.”
 
The PM also expressed that “she looked forward to visiting Turkey early this year.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot chief Mustafa Akinci resumed their Swiss-based talks on January 9, 2017.
 
On January 11, they are expected to present their respective maps on the territorial chapter.
 
On January 12, the Conference on Cyprus will be convened with guarantor powers (Greece, the UK, Turkey) and other relevant parties.
 
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof, following Turkey’s 1974 invasion and illegal occupation on the island.
 
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