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Turks plan a summit on Cyprus

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey said yesterday that it would invite veteran Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and other political leaders for talks aimed at jump-starting stalled negotiations on reuniting Cyprus. The Foreign Ministry said the Ankara summit would take place after the government completed preparations to «determine the Turkish position» on possible peace talks. «The results of our preparations will first be evaluated by the (Turkish) political authority and senior cadres… Following this, Rauf Denktash and other officials will be invited to Ankara for a joint assessment,» it said. The announcement came as Denktash’s son compared notes with Greek-Cypriot politicians on the UN peace plan – which his father rejected earlier this year – during his first trip south in nearly 30 years. Serdar Denktash said his talks were aimed at reaching «mutual understanding» on the UN blueprint he said should be regarded as a starting point for negotiations and should not be foisted on Cypriots by «foreign players.»