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Morphou refugees call on Britain to contribute to Cyprus settlement
2005-03-09 13:41:14

By Kyriacos Tsioupras London, Mar 9 (CNA) -- The British policy gives the impression of a ''punishing stance'' towards the the Greek Cypriots, a delegation of Turkish-occupied Morphou's Municipal Council told the Head of the Mediterranean Desk at the British Foreign Office Dominic Chilcott.

Speaking to CNA Morphou Mayor Charalambos Pittas said it was a good meeting during which the senior British official "heard carefully and with more understanding" the views expressed by the Cypriot delegation, which underlined the unacceptable points of the Annan plan and stressed that the Greek Cypriots rejected the specific proposed settlement and still wish for a solution.

He added that the delegation noted ''some points of the British policy give the impression that there is a punishing stance towards the Greek Cypriots'' and that ''Britain as a guarantor power could contribute to the creation of the conditions for a dialogue and a viable solution''.

The British official, Pittas added, reiterated his country's commitment to bring the Cyprus communities closer together and towards a settlement.

The delegation accompanied by British MPs Tom Cox and Eddie O' Hara also handed a petition to the prime ministry.

In the afternoon they met with British MPs at the House of Commons.

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