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Cyprus wishes EU's more active role, says President Papadopoulos
2005-04-18 14:09:03

By Athena Arsalidou

Prague, Apr 18 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos stressed today that the Greek Cypriot side wishes for a more active role of the European Union in the efforts to solve the Cyprus issue, since it has to make clear that some provisions of the UN proposed Annan plan are not compatible with the EU norms and regulations.

President Papadopoulos was speaking after official talks with Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who on his part expressed conviction that Turkey's European course would bring a positive impulse to the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and reassured that his country would be ready to contribute to those efforts.

Cyprus President further noted that the positions of the Greek Cypriot side regarding the rejection of the Annan plan are now being better understood by the international community.

Invited to comment on the so called elections that took place yesterday in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, President Papadopoulos expressed hope that ''through the voting in the occupied areas a new spirit will be created to help the creation of the necessary prerequisites for starting a new round of talks. The withdrawal of Rauf Denktash from the political scene, if this happens, will be a positive step''.

He noted that this new round of talks should be very carefully prepared in order to have a successful outcome, since a new deadlock, would not be a good development, especially for the Greek Cypriot side.

Answering a question regarding the EU role in the Cyprus question, he said that three of the four protagonists are EU members (Cyprus Republic, UK and Greece) and Turkey wishes to become one, then ''the EU must make clear that some provisions of the plan are not compatible with the acquis, and that would prevent us as a united Cyprus to perform our obligations to the EU''.

«Some provisions of the plan are in direct conflict with the acquis communautaire and the principles under which the EU is founded. Our arguments to change those provisions have not proven to be very convincing because the other side was happy with the plan that satisfied most of its claims'', he said.

He reiterated that the acceptable solution for the Greek Cypriot side would be the one to truly reunify the island in terms of society, economy and institutions.

Referring to the Annan plan and its rejection by the Greek Cypriots, President Papadopoulos said that at the beginning there was a great disappointment among the European countries and Cyprus needed the chance to explain its views.

«Since then we are in a continuous dialogue. Our positions are better understood'', he underlined.

On his part the Czech President referring to the Annan plan and its rejection by the Greek Cypriots said that politicians have to respect and take seriously the results of the referendum that took place a year ago.

During their talks the two Presidents exchanged views on the Cyprus problem, the governmental crisis in the Czech Republic and European issues.

Referring to the relations between the two countries, Czech and Cyprus Presidents noted that the exchange of visits gives a new impact to their bilateral ties and enhances the already good relations they have.

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