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Government repeats readiness to resume negotiations
2003-08-22 19:17:36

Nicosia, Aug 22 (CNA) Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides expressed the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to resume negotiations for a Cyprus settlement before May 1st 2004 when Cyprus will enter the European Union.|

Commenting on a statement by the leader of the newly established Turkish Cypriot "Solution and EU Party", Ali Erel that after the so called "elections" in the occupied areas he will invite President Tassos Papadopoulos to accept the Annan Plan, the Spokesman replied that the "invitation for negotiations for us is nothing more than acceptance of the position that, yes, we want negotiations".

Chrysostomides, who was speaking after meeting British MPs Rudi Vis, Syd Ramson and Nick Hawkins, said that "if the Turkish side wants negotiations, then like I and the President of the Republic have said many times, we are ready to resume negotiations on the substance of the Annan plan for a final solution to the Cyprus problem, even before 1st May 2004".

If this is not possible", he added, then our efforts will continue with the same dedication, for a solution even after May 2004", the Spokesman added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/GS/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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