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Spokesman: Hannay sees the Cyprus problem as a mathematical equation
2005-02-10 15:01:06

Nicosia, Feb 10 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said former British envoy for Cyprus Lord David Hannay continues to speak from the "chair like an impartial wise man who sees the Cyprus problem as a mathematical equation".

He was speaking invited to comment on statements made by Hannay on the sidelines of a conference on the Cyprus question organised in Cyprus by Wilton Park, on behalf of the British Foreign Office, that he does not see any viable alternative to a Cyprus settlement other than the Annan plan.

Chrysostomides said that Hannay did not take into consideration that for a right settlement plan there needs to be the necessary political and social background that would lead the two communities to accepting the plan.

''The imperfections and shortcomings of the plan are known and led to its rejection by 76% of the Greek Cypriot community,'' he added.

He said Lord Hannay should take into consideration that ''the one who wants a solution urgently is our side, which for thirty years now is suffering due to the occupation and the continuing deployment of troops in Cyprus.''

Chrysostomides added that Hannay must not ignore that for thirty years the side that showed intransigence was Turkey and that no one must misunderstand the result of the referendum because ''it was the rejection of the specific plan'' and not of the solution.

''The democratic result of the referendum must be respected, that was already provided in the plan and bringing the plan back to the table as it is, is not logically or politically possible and this cannot be accepted by our side,'' the Spokesman concluded.

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