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Demonstration in favour of Annan plan
2003-02-27 17:59:13

Nicosia, Feb 26 (CNA) - A peaceful demonstration in favour of the Annan plan for a Cyprus settlement and accession to the European Union of a reunited Cyprus, was held here Wednesday outside the hotel where UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan will be staying during his three-day visit to the island.

Members of the Platform Solution-Reunification Now, holding candles and banners with slogans ''Peace'', ''Solution - Reunification Now'', in English, Greek and Turkish, remained for an hour outside Hilton hotel in Nicosia, in an effort to convey their message for peace to Annan.

Among those attending the demonstration were United Democrats President George Vassiliou, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, Agriculture Minister Costas Themistocleous, Democratic Rally Spokesman Tasos Mitsopoulos and former deputy Kate Clerides.|

Vassiliou, former President of the Republic, said his participation in the demonstration was to indicate the feeling that ''we want a solution the soonest''.

''The fact that the UN Secretary-General came to Cyprus and will remain here for three days, indicates the great significance which the international community attaches to the need for a Cyprus settlement'', he said.

Mitsopoulos said the demonstration conveys the message to Annan that the people of Cyprus want an ''acceptable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem''.

In a declaration, the Platform states that it supports ''an immediate acceptance of the plan proposed by the UN for the solution of the Cyprus problem and the accession of a united country to the EU''.

It also expresses solidarity with the Turkish Cypriots and urges them to continue their demonstrations and ''intensify the efforts until the dividing walls fall permanently''.

The Platform also calls upon the political leadership to grasp the opportunity and ''open the window of hope for the future generations of all Cypriots''.

Furthermore, the Platform asks Annan not to give up his efforts to ''bring peace to this troubled island but to intensify them''.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of its territory.


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