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Annan Plan cannot be brought to a referendum as it is, Spokesman says
2004-12-21 15:09:59

Nicosia, Dec 21 (CNA) The Annan Plan cannot be brought to a referendum as it is, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said, adding that at present the conditions for the resumption of efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement do not seem to exist.

Asked to comment on a US State Department statement that the solution plan for Cyprus is the Annan plan, Chrysostomides said ''it is not possible to put the Annan plan, as it is, before the people of Cyprus in a referendum''.

On remarks by the Turkish Prime Minister that a new process will start for Cyprus in 2005, the Spokesman said that Turkey's Premier ''has not given any evidence of a shift in his attitude as far as the promotion of a settlement is concerned''.

Responding to a remark that Tayyip Erdogan also said that Turkey would recognize the Greek Cypriots if they accept the Annan Plan, the Spokesman reiterated: ''the Annan Plan cannot be returned before the Cyprus people''.

''What is expected to come back is an agreed solution. A prerequisite for a referendum would be an agreement between the parties on a specific plan'', the Spokesman added.

Responding to questions about Greek Cypriot expectations with regard to the resumption of talks, the Spokesman said this will be decided by President Tassos Papadopoulos and the National Council, which convenes tomorrow.

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