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KISOS and RTP say crossings do not constitute settlement
2003-04-30 16:18:27

Nicosia, Apr 30 (CNA) - The Movement of Social Democrats and the Turkish Cypriot Republican Turkish Party consider that the easing of restrictions in the free movement of people to and from the dividing line does not constitute a Cyprus settlement.

Delegations of the two parties met today at the KISOS offices in the government-controlled areas of the Republic and agreed on the need to intensify efforts to find a solution that will reunite the island and safeguard the human rights of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.|

President of KISOS Yiannakis Omirou said ''the final collapse of the dividing wall will come with a solution to the Cyprus problem, with the implementation of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all the people''.

He said the decision to ease restrictions on the free movement of persons gives the message that the people of Cyprus ''want peace, to live together and work together and this will ensue from a Cyprus settlement''.

Omirou said contacts with Turkish Cypriot parties would intensify over the next weeks and months so that ''they can play a leading role in ending the anachronism which maintains the dividing line''.

''We want to establish the conditions allowing Turkish Cypriots to participate in the new history of the Cyprus people and to participate in the new Cyprus European path''.

Leader of the Republican Turkish Party Mehmet Ali Talat said Omirou informed him about the measures that the government will announce for Turkish Cypriots, adding ''we heard some news from the press, the media and we discussed those issues and of course we raised our concerns especially on the involvement of the Turkish Cypriot side with the European institutions and the European Union and the possibilities for benefiting from EU membership''.

He said ''the restricted freedom of movement has been a positive development but of course we can never accept this as a substitute for a solution'', adding that ''a comprehensive solution is indispensable and it is high time to launch political action in order to find a solution to our protracted problem''.

Talat said ''we feel that the most rational basis for a solution is the plan that we know, the Annan plan''.

Asked if he accepts the agreement of Third Vienna for the enclaved, Talat replied positively, adding that his party has always argued that they have to abide by the agreements and relevant decisions, resolutions of the Security Council, stressing that the Republican Turkish Party has criticised the breach of agreements.

Invited to comment on statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash about a ''honeymoon'' between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and that Greek Cypriots will not return to their homes, Talat said Denktash does not support rapprochement and reconciliation.

Omirou said Denktash's statements indicate an unacceptable approach.

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


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