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Spokesman says Annan Plan cannot be accepted as it is
2005-01-26 12:01:49

Nicosia, Jan 26 (CNA) The plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for a Cyprus settlement cannot be accepted as it is, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today, commenting on remarks by State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher that the UN-sponsored plan was ''a good one.''

Replying to a remark during today's briefing that American officials keep repeating such statements on Cyprus, Chrysostomides said that the Greek Cypriot side is pursuing the resumption of a procedure towards a settlement on the right basis ''so as to make sure that the negotiations will lead to a solution plan which can be accepted by both sides.''

Noting that the Annan Plan cannot be brought before the Cypriots in a referendum as it is, the Spokesman said ''our goal is an agreed solution, to be achieved without suffocating deadlines and with the necessary changes of the plan so it can be accepted.''

Asked if this view was now a national one after the visit of the Cypriot President to Athens, the Spokesman said, ''I think that this has always been the view here and in Greece without serious disagreements. It is now the comprehensive view shared by all political powers in Cyprus and Greece.''

Regarding Boucher's statement that property transfers involving Turkish Cypriots was an issue to be resolved as part of a comprehensive settlement, through the UN process, Chrysostomides noted that ''since the Annan Plan has been rejected, at present this reference does not reflect the realities on the island.''

''Mr. Boucher should perhaps note that the possession of property belonging to Greek Cypriot refugees is illegal,'' he added.

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