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Cyprus President: Britain constantly in our way
2005-02-09 10:21:55

Nicosia, Feb 9 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Republic is constantly faced with the British policy and its officers in several critical issues, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has said.

Commenting upon his return from Hungary, where he paid an official visit, on a remark by Cyprus House of Representatives President Demitris Christofias that Britain is ''Cyprus' bad demon'', President Papadopoulos said that this ''is not a new discovery nor a discovery made only by Mr. Christofias''.

''In many cases, in critical issues, or important issues for us we are constantly faced with the government of the United Kingdom or its officers'', the Cyprus President said.

As regards a closed doors conference on the Cyprus problem organised by Wilton Park on behalf of the British Foreign Office, in the coastal town of Larnaca, President Papadopoulos said ''Cyprus is a democracy, they organised their seminar according to how they think it can better serve their purposes'', adding that anyone can reach his own conclusion.

''If this conference is an effort to persuade more people that the Annan plan can or should return in a second referendum, if this is the main topic of the conference, well then I think you know better than me'', he noted.

Responding to a remark, he wondered why the conference is taking place behind closed doors.

''Do they want to say secretly want they want to say? Research centres are supposed to want to enlighten and inform people'', he concluded.

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