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Cyprus House President comments US Secretary of State statements
2005-02-08 10:37:49

Larnaca, Feb 8 (CNA) -- Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias has said that recent statements by US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice are "deja vu". She had said that the US seeks ways to resume talks for the Cyprus problem and ease the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.

Speaking at Larnaca airport on his return from London, Christofias said ''Rice has reiterated the very well-known positions of the US, in a milder way than previously,'' and he recalled ''statements and threats against Cyprus before the April referenda on the Annan plan (UN solution plan) as well as after the referenda.''

Greek Cypriots in their overwhelming majority (76 per cent) rejected the plan. Turkish Cypriots approved it by 65 per cent.

Christofias said the US administration had taken steps to enable an airline to announce flights to the occupied areas and to ensure that a UN report on Cyprus included positions that would render useless Security Council resolution 541, which condemned the unilateral declaration of independence by the Turkish Cypriot regime.

He said this effort by the US did not bear fruit due to the veto of China, Russia and France.

Responding to questions, Christofias said ''the so-called isolation of Turkish Cypriots is due first of all to the occupation and the repercussions of the occupation.''

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