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Full freedom of expression on Annan Plan, Spokesman says
2005-05-27 13:52:16

Nicosia, May 27 (CNA) - There has been full freedom of discussion in all aspects of the plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the solution of the Cyprus problem, Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.

He also described as unfounded the accusations against the Cypriot Government, as described in a report of Amnesty International as regards the period prior to the referendum in April 2004, which led to the rejection of a UN sponsored plan for a Cyprus settlement.

According to the report, covering events from January to December 2004, ''during the pre-referendum period in the south, the government was accused of failing to show due diligence in carrying out its duty to protect the rights to freedom of expression, and there were allegations of attempts to intimidate individuals into rejecting the plan.''

Chrysostomides added that Amnesty International does not make an ascertainment that these things actually happened.

''Amnesty International refers to accusations. There were such accusations against the government, which however were and still are unfounded and do not respond to reality,'' Chrysostomides said.

Concluding, the Spokesman indicated that the report should also include the government's point of view.

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