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Greek Ambassador: Cyprus partition not an option
2005-03-24 14:22:52

Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA)--The solution of the Cyprus problem should be mutually accepted by both communities of the island after mature and substantive negotiations between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriots beyond any tight timeframe and arbitrations, Greek Ambassador to Cyprus Christos Papanogopoulos has said.

In a message to the Cypriot people on the occasion of the anniversary of the Greek revolution, Panagopoulos stressed that Athens and Nicosia are focused on their common target of the reunification of the island within the framework of the European Union, adding ''partition is not an option for us.''

Stressing that Greece will firmly remain by Cyprus' side in the struggle for a solution of the Cyprus problem, Panagopoulos noted that ''the solution which will be given to the next generations should be functional at it's implementation.''

According to Panagopoulos, the solution of the Cyprus problem should be based on the historic compromise of bi-zonal, bi-federal federation, which will unite the common country with one sovereignty, one international identity and citizenship and would guarantee the island's integrity without occupying troops and would guarantee the restoration of human righs and freedoms to all its citizens.

''A mutually accepted solution must be the fruit of mature and substantive talks between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots beyond tight timeframes and arbitrations,'' the Greek Ambassador said.

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