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Papadopoulos:No other prospect for Cyprus solution apart from Annan Plan
2003-11-28 17:14:28

by Athena Arsalidou

Athens, Nov 27 (CNA) - Only through bicommunal negotiations on the basis of the Annan Plan, the Greek Cypriot side is looking forward to a solution to the Cyprus problem, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos underlined here Thursday.

Speaking during a press conference to foreign correspondents at the end of his three-day official visit to Athens, President Papadopoulos pointed out that there is no other prospect for a Cyprus settlement apart from the Annan Plan.

He also said the position of the so called opposition in Cyprus' occupied areas regarding the Cyprus problem is not very lucid but at least the opposition leaders want to talk on the basis of the Anan Plan.

Papadopoulos said it is impossible with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to reach a solution which does not serve his expectations and which is on the basis of two separate states.

He reiterated the Greek Cypriot side will appeal to the UN Secretary-General to resume his initiative for a recommencement of the talks based on his plan, independent of the result in the so called elections in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus next month.

Regarding the European Court of Human Rights decision which ordered Turkey to pay about one million dollars in compensation to Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou for loss of enjoyment of her property, the President said the government is not willing to enter any procedure to negotiate the decision of the ECHR, adding that this ruling lays down the principles which should provide for a Cyprus settlement.

Furthermore, he said that in the last three months efforts are underway to solve the problems which will ensue in the dividing line after the island's accession to the EU in May 2004, and expressed optimism that these will be resolved the soonest.

The president said that one of the fait accompli of the invasion is whether the Turkish settlers will remain on the island, an issue which is under discussion in the Annan Plan and was never agreed upon by the Greek Cypriot side.

"It must be made clear that we are not beginning with a blank paper to find the ideal solution or ideal constitution. We know that we are handling a situation where a foreign illegal invasion remains adamant on the Republic of Cyprus since 1974 and that the only solution is through negotiations to end it", the President said.

The President of the Republic said a "solution might not wholly conform with the law but at least should be functional".

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