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Spokesman welcomes Weston?s remarks on changes to Annan Plan
2003-09-26 18:16:32

Nicosia, Sep 23 (CNA) ? Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said the international community has been convinced that changes are necessary to the Annan Plan, because of the developments on the island, adding that the Greek Cypriot side will continue pursuing a solution before the island's accession to the EU on May 1st, 2004.

Speaking after a meeting here Tuesday with the board of the Cyprus News Agency and the Agency's Director Themis Themistocleous, the Spokesman also said that it is about time that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash lifts his demand for people to show passports to cross to the occupied north.

Invited to comment on statements made by State Department Coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston that he believes the changes which Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos is pursuing to the plan ?sound reasonable?, Chrysostomides said ?the international community, which is largely represented by Mr. Weston?s statements, has been persuaded that really changes, improvements are necessary to the Annan Plan, because of the developments? that have taken place.

This, he added, does not mean that our effort will not remain the same, ''the pursuit is for a solution before 1st May 2004?.

The Greek Cypriot side, Chrysostomides said, ?is talking about changes and improvements within the framework of the Annan Plan, after bona fide negotiations with the Turkish side which do not deviate from the framework, like Mr. Denktash does by insisting on separate sovereignty, independent states and confederation?.

Invited to comment on statements made by Denktash that those who wish to monitor the ?elections? in Cyprus' occupied north should ''formally'' apply to the illegal regime, Chrysostomides said the T/C leader ?is repeating himself and continues to remain fixed on the past, without realizing the changes that have taken place in the meantime and the wishes of the Turkish Cypriot community?.

On the release of two Greek Cypriots, a Turkish Cypriot and a donkey by the Turkish occupation ''authorities'', who were ''arrested'' yesterday during a demonstration at the Ledra Palace checkpoint, which objected to people having to show their passports to cross to the occupied areas, the Spokesman said:?It is about time Mr. Denktash stops this demand so that there can be complete and free movement of Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, within their country?.

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