Turkish FM: UN SG's statement concerns Greek Cypriots
by Maria Myles
Ankara, 11 Feb (CNA) – The Turkish government believes that Thursday’s statements in London by the UN Secretary General with regard to Cyprus do not concern Ankara, according to Namik Tan, spokesperson for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Kofi Annan was addressing the Greek Cypriot side because we said 'yes' to his plan for a solution in Cyprus," Tan told CNA, invited to comment on the Secretary General’s appeal to Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to put his views on paper and outline his objections to the plan and the changes he wants to bring about to the proposed plan.
President Papadopoulos has said his positions on the Annan plan have been put forward to all those who need to be informed about them. He said in a letter in June 2004 to the heads of various foreign states he explained the concerns of the Greek Cypriots that led them to reject by 76 per cent the Annan plan.
"Our information is that following a question from the press, Annan made these statements. He meant the Greek Cypriot side, we have accepted the plan," Tan repeated.
The request to comment on Annan's statement yesterday in London should be addressed to the Greek Cypriot side, Tan told CNA.
"As far as we are concerned, we do not have any serious concerns about this plan, we have accepted it. Really, we do not have any actual reaction to Annan's remarks," he concluded.