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National Council reaffirms commitment for settlement
2005-04-12 15:49:23

Nicosia, Apr 12 (CNA) - The National Council reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to a Cyprus settlement under UN auspices with the active contribution of the EU, after an adequate preparation of the negotiating framework, without arbitration, suffocating timeframes and resorting to referenda without a prior agreement.

This was announced by Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, who read out a statement after the four-hour meeting.

He said President Tassos Papadopoulos presented a summary of the political parties' views regarding amendments to the plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for a comprehensive settlement, with which the majority of the National Council agrees.

The Spokesman said the parties comprising the National Council, top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, reserved their views on various aspects and noted that the meeting was held in an atmosphere of understanding.

Referring to Turkish press reports that the EU was preparing a plan to force President Papadopoulos into fresh talks on the Cyprus problem, Chrysostomides said he was not aware of such information.

Commenting on the same reports, Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou said he had no such information either.

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