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Cyprus President dismisses claims Greek Cypriots do not want solution
2005-03-17 14:18:25

Nicosia, Mar 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has described ''unfounded, baseless and unjust'' allegations levelled against the Greek Cypriot side by Turkey, the Turkish Cypriot leadership and part of the international community that it does not want to solve the question of Cyprus and it is leading the Turkish Cypriots to ''isolation''.

Addressing his Polish counterpart Aleksander Kwasniewski at a state banquet he hosted for his visiting guest, Papadopoulos stressed that Turkey, an aspiring European Union member, has to meet its obligations to all EU member states to the full, just as Cyprus and Poland had to do on their way to full membership.

President Papadopoulos outlined in detail all the moves the government has made to create conditions of trust and cooperation between the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots, including opening crossing points along the ceasefire line, approving EU funds worth 259 million euros for the economic development of the Turkish Cypriots, extending the so-called EU Green Line regulation and granting social and economic benefits to the Turkish Cypriots.

''All these prove how unfounded, baseless and unjust are the allegations that Turkey, the Turkish Cypriot leadership and a section of the international community level against the Greek Cypriot side does not want a solution that would reunite the country and that it is leading the Turkish Cypriots to isolation,'' he said.

Papadopoulos explained that the rejection by the Greek Cypriot community of a UN-proposed solution plan (Annan plan) was ''an expression of disapproval of a plan that would have led to the continuation of division.''

The rejection of the plan, he stressed, was also ''an expression of the demand for a solution that would lead to actual reunification of Cyprus, its territory, its society, its economy, its institutions and its people.''

Papadopoulos pointed out that the solution must be workable and viable, a bizonal bicommunal federation that would restore the territorial integrity of the country that must be rendered really independent and sovereign, without foreign troops and guarantors.

Papadopoulos said the position Cyprus adopted at the European Council in December was telling proof of its sincere desire not to raise obstacles in Turkey's effort to join the Union.

''In this effort, Turkey has self-evident obligations to the EU and all its member states, which are not subject to derogations and which cannot be a subject of exchanges,'' he said.

He stressed that ''Turkey is expected to meet its commitments to the full.''

On bilateral ties, he said Cyprus and Poland, as EU partners, will have more opportunities to improve the already very good relations.

President Papadopoulos expressed particular appreciation for the work carried out on the island by UNFICYP Chief of Mission and Special Representative of the Secretary General, Polish Zbigniew Wlosowicz.

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