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Cyprus solution through substantive negotiations, says EU Left
2005-06-02 12:14:10

Nicosia, Jun 2 (CNA) -- The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) has expressed their support for substantive negotiations, under the UN, as the most appropriate way to find a peaceful, just and mutual acceptable and viable solution in Cyprus.

A resolution, adopted here today by a GUE/NGL meeting, said that the solution must be based on one state, with a single sovereignty, one international personality and citizenship and its independence and territorial integrity secured, comprising two politically equal communities, as provided by the Security Council resolutions.

The resolution expressed concern about the rising exploitation of Greek Cypriot properties in the northern Turkish occupied part of the island and the continuing influx of Turkish settlers, saying that such developments do not contribute to the appropriate conditions for a solution and aim at preempting the contents of the solution.

The meeting said the solution must be a bizonal bicommunal federation based on international law, UN resolutions and the European Union rules and regulations.

Human rights and fundamental freedoms should be secured, including the right of refugees to return to their homes, it added.

It looks forward to a new initiative on Cyprus, based on a UN proposed solution plan (the Annan plan), without arbitration, no strict timeframe and aiming at an agreed settlement.

It calls on Turkey to sign and put into force without delay the protocol to its customs union agreement with the EU, extending it to Cyprus as well.

The resolution considers ''wrong and unacceptable'' attempts to begin direct trade between the occupied north and the outside world without the consent of the government of the Republic as such moves are contrary to international law and EU legislation and consolidate division.

The European Left expressed support for a government proposal to operate the port of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, jointly by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and to return the fenced area of the city of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants.

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