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US Congressman concerned about UN solution plan for Cyprus
2004-04-15 19:04:21

Nicosia, Apr 15 (CNA) -- A UN plan for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus ''unfairly benefits'' the Turkish side and does not achieve the goal of truly reunifying the island, US Congressman Frank Pallone has said in a statement.

He said that it was unacceptable for Turkish troops to be allowed to remain in Cyprus forever and to force the Cypriot people to put too much trust in Ankara that it would fulfill its obligations emanating from the UN plan (the Annan plan).

Pallone said the people of Cyprus should decide alone about their future in next week's referenda on the Annan plan.

''Unfortunately the Secretary General's final plan unfairly benefits the Turkish side and does not achieve the goal of truly reunifying the island nation,'' he said in his statement.

He expressed serious reservations about the plan because it forced Cypriots to ''put too much faith in the Turkish government'' with regard to provisions in the plan for returning land and removing troops and others.

''The final plan allows Turkish troops to stay indefinitely without an international presence. This is simply unacceptable,'' he said, and expressed serious concerns about future moves by Turkey which could cause instability and insecurity.

Pallone said the people of Cyprus should decide alone on the Annan plan and added ''outside forces should not attempt to scare or threaten them into voting a certain way.''

''Whatever the outcome, it is important the international community and the US honor that decision and work to ensure Cyprus' future remains bright,'' he concluded.

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