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Government satisfied with UN stance, says Spokesman
2003-03-12 17:36:19

Nicosia, Mar 12 (CNA) - The Cyprus government is satisfied with the way the United Nations is presenting the outcome of The Hague talks, and is scheduling a campaign to inform foreign governments, including members of the Security Council, and the foreign press on its positions, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today.

Chrysostomides stressed the government's readiness to continue efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, within the UN framework, even after signing the European Union Accession Treaty on 16 April on the basis of ''all the proposals which have been submitted and the efforts underway, including the Annan plan which is the most complete plan before the parties for negotiation'', he said.

In his first briefing after the collapse of The Hague talks, Chrysostomides said there is a ''general acknowledgment that the Turkish Cypriot and the Turkish sides are entirely responsible'', something which was confirmed through statements made by State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher, British envoy Lord David Hannay and a Foreign Office spokesman.|

''The responsibility lies with Mr. Denktash, and the Turkish side said it was not in a position to reply to the issues of security, something which was fundamental in the commitment to refer the plan to referenda'', the Spokesman said.

Asked if the government is satisfied with the way the UN are presenting the results of The Hague talks, Chrysostomides replied, ''Yes, with Annan's statement mainly, which presented the actual facts''.

''I believe that the UN have this time a clear picture of who is the obstacle in promoting a proper solution to the Cyprus problem'', the Spokesman noted.

Chrysostomides said the government is planning a campaign, through the Foreign Ministry, to enlighten foreign governments mainly, including the members of the Security Council, permanent and non-permanent members, and the foreign press.

Asked if the Annan plan remains on the table, even after 16 April, Chrysostomides said ''the President has always pledged that efforts for a Cyprus settlement will continue even after 16 April and this is a message that should be sent to the Turkish Cypriot community so that it does not consider that with the signing of the Accession Treaty our side (Greek Cypriot) will abandon efforts to solve the Cyprus problem'', he said.

Regarding Turkish Justice and Development Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance, Chrysostomides said ''there is a great change from his previous positions which seemed flexible and diplomatic, that he was trying to support a solution to the Cyprus problem in a way which was different from Rauf Denktash's''.

However, ''at this moment it seems there is full accord with Denktash's positions'', and it appears that now that Erdogan will become Prime Minister, he ''is adjusting to the demands of today's political arena in Turkey'', Chrysostomides said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

UN efforts to secure a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem, based on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's third plan, came to an abrupt halt on Monday when Denktash said he was not prepared to agree to a referendum on the UN plan and raised fundamental objections to basic points in it.

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said he was prepared to put a UN peace proposal to a referendum and that he was ready not to reopen the plan's substantive provisions if the other side was prepared to do likewise.

Annan said his Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto would report to the Security Council, and de Soto's office on the island would close in the coming weeks.


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