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Turkish Cypriots fear partition to strengthen if there is no solution
2003-01-27 16:28:42

Nicosia, Jan 27 (CNA) ? General Secretary of the Turkish Cypriot Party of Unified Cyprus, Izzet Izcan said that if the opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem were lost, then the partition on the island would be consolidated.

Izcan, speaking to reporters after meeting United Democrats' leader, George Vassiliou, said the Turkish Cypriot community is not dividing itself, it is uniting at this moment, behind the UN Secretary-General's plan.

The Turkish Cypriot politician said Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is trying to mobilize anti-solution forces in Turkey while a demonstration against the Annan plan will be staged in Turkey on 2 February.

"We see that time is running out and that dangers are coming", said Izcan, adding the Turkish Cypriots will fight "to keep their existence on this island, to live freely on this island with our head up".

These days "are historical, the most important days we are going through after 1974", Izcan said, adding the Turkish Cypriot community is doing everything it can, with daily demonstrations.

On his part, Vassiliou said the Turkish Cypriots justifiably are scared that if there is no solution by 28 February, as envisaged in the revised Annan plan, they will lose the opportunity for good.

He said, "we must not consider that if nothing happens now, something will happen later".|

The message is clear, he said, "what we must realise is that the philosophy of the Annan plan cannot change. There can be changes to various aspects here and there, but the philosophy cannot change", Vassiliou said.

The political forces, he added, should come outright and say that "not only they accept negotiating on the Annan plan but they will negotiate knowing its philosophy".

Regarding Turkey, Vassiliou said he believes that things are changing there because Turkey openly decided that its future lies with Europe and knows it is impossible to enter the EU without a Cyprus settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/AAG/EC/KN/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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