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Christofias: Success of renewed Cyprus effort depends on UN's stance
2003-03-17 18:39:41

Nicosia, Mar 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias has stressed that a successful UN renewed effort to resolve the Cyprus issue depends on the decisive stance on behalf of the UN towards the side that is responsible for the continuation of the deadlock in the Cyprus issue.

In a letter sent to his counterparts of the UN Security Council member states, the EU member and candidate countries, as well as the Presidents of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Christofias refers to the failure of the UN efforts in The Hague earlier this month to solve the longstanding Cyprus problem because of the Turkish side's intransignet stance.|

''The Greek Cypriot side wishes for a renewed effort to resolve the Cyprus issue on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions'', Christofias says, adding that ''a successful UN renewed effort to resolve the Cyprus problem depends on the decisive stance on behalf of the UN towards the side that is responsible for the continuation of the deadlock in the Cyprus issue''.

The Greek Cypriot side expects UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Security Council to blame Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and the Turkish government that fully supports him for the failure of the Cyprus talks in The Hague, the House President points out in his letter.

He expresses Cyprus' intention to continue efforts for the promotion of a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

Christofias notes that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos' constructive stance at The Hague talks reflects the wish of the Greek Cypriot side to reunite the island and its people.

Referring to the Turkish stance in The Hague, the Cypriot official notes that ''Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash continued his intransigent stance, rejecting not only a referendum among Turkish Cypriots but the whole of the proposed UN peace plan and stating, in addition, that the Turkish Cypriots are interested in a separate accession to the EU, at the same time with Turkey''.

''Despite the disappointment of the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the Greek Cypriot side will continue the hard effort for the promotion of a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem based on the relevant UN resolutions'', Christofias notes in his letter.

The House President reassures his counterparts that the common dream of all Cypriots remains a united and peaceful Cyprus, member of the EU, with all basic freedoms and human rights safeguarded.

CNA/AAR/GP/2003,
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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