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House President says Security Council resolution positive
2003-04-15 18:16:35

Nicosia, Apr 15 (CNA) - House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said yesterday's UN Security Council resolution on Cyprus was a ''positive development'', noting that it includes a provision for further negotiations on the Annan plan and blames Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the latest failure of the peace talks.

Christofias said he expected the resolution to blame Turkey as well, which supported Denktash's negative stance.|

''This resolution must be judged taking into consideration the conditions under which the UN chief's report and the resolution itself are discussed at the Security Council'', he said.

The House President added that the positive points of the resolution are the fact that the Annan plan is considered to be a basis for further negotiations, and that Denktash is blamed for the failure of talks in The Hague.

Christofias said ''the Security Council should have blamed the Turkish government as well, because it supported Denktash's negative stance throughout the Secretary General's initiative''.

He added that tomorrow's signing in Athens of the Accession Treaty with the EU might help towards commencing negotiations that may improve certain aspects of the Annan plan and fill in some spaces, so that it is to the benefit of both communities on the island.

UN-led peace talks collapsed last month when Denktash refused to put to a referendum UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's proposal for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus and said he wanted radical changes to it.

President Papadopoulos said he would put the plan to a referendum but asked for the legal aspects of the plan to be completed and for sufficient time to be given to inform the people about its contents before they voted on it.

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



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