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Turks’ verdict on Monday

In Turkey, opinion over Annan’s plan is divided: The military remains cautious, while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan favors it. The National Security Council said it supported a sustainable settlement on Cyprus, but it postponed detailed talks scheduled for yesterday in order to study the revised plan. It will convene on Monday, when there might be some infighting on what the military establishment still views as a sine qua non: whether the EU will make the derogations in the Annan plan part of its primary laws. «The EU’s half-hearted assurances on derogations aim at window dressing,» a military official said. «They are not satisfactory from our point of view.» Erdogan is less rigid. «Although Erdogan insists derogations should be incorporated into the EU acquis, he is more focused on an eventual settlement than on its details,» a senior MP from his AKP party said.