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Cyprus House President asks for amendments to Annan plan
2005-03-21 12:24:28

Nicosia, Mar 21 (CNA) -- The Annan plan cannot be put again to a referendum in Cyprus without amendments, Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias has said, noting that there need to be changes in the plan to restore the fundamental rights of the Greek Cypriots.

Christofias who was speaking last night in Adelaide, Australia, at a meeting of the Cyprus community, will meet today with officials of the local government.

Christofias attended yesterday in Melbourne celebrations to commemorate the 25th March 1821, begining of the uprising of the Greek people against 400 years of Ottoman occupation.

On Saturday he spoke at a gathering of the Cyprus and Greek community in Melbourne where he referred to the positions of the Greek Cypriot side on the Cyprus question.

He said that the rejection of the Annan plan by the Greek Cypriot side at the referendum does not wrap up negotiations for a bizonal, bicommunal federal republic.

''The Annan plan is on the table for discussions and amendments so that the interests of both sides are safeguarded,'' he said.

Christofias also opened a wine festival organised by the Greek community in Melbourne.

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