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Papadopoulos: Our Proposals will make Annan's plan more functional
2003-09-17 11:22:43

Larnaca, Sep 17 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan for a Cyprus settlement is accepted as a basis for negotiations, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said, noting that the proposals of the Greek Cypriot side to amend the plan will make it more functional and more viable.

The Cypriot President was speaking to the press on his return last night from Greece, where he held talks with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis.

Invited to comment on Annan's reference in the UN chief's annual report to the UN General Assembly on the work of the United Nations, that he would resume active efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem provided that the parties concerned would demonstrate their commitment to a settlement based on his peace plan, Papadopoulos said ''this is the same statement included in his (the SG's) Report on Cyprus to the UN Security Council. This was his stable position in The Hague and in the Report he submitted to the Security Council. The same wording,'' he added.

The Cypriot President expressed his great satisfaction with the talks he held in Athens and noted that he discussed with Greek officials ''all aspects of the Cyprus problem. We evaluated developments. We specifically discussed the common positions we will highlight during the UN General Assembly and with the UN Secretary General,'' he added.

''We have outlined the actions we have to undertake during the period from now until the 'voting' in the occupied areas to be held in December, and after that, with a view to achieve a more sufficient and coordinated participation of the Cyprus Republic to the EU,'' he added.

Answering questions Papadopoulos said that the position of the Greek Cypriot side regarding the Annan plan is clear, that ''it is acceptable as a basis for negotiations and that we think that the proposals we have for its amendment will make it more functional, thus more viable.''

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