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Government says changes to Annan Plan during negotiations
2005-07-05 10:13:36

Nicosia, Jul 4 (CNA) -- Changes to the Cyprus settlement plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will take place during the negotiations on the Cyprus problem, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today, noting that the Greek Cypriot side's policy regarding the Cyprus problem has not changed.

Responding to questions on a statement made by President Tassos Papadopoulos that the Annan Plan may provide the basis for a new round of talks, after it has been substantially improved and amended, the Spokesman said that the UN sponsored solution plan is the basis for negotiations as long as the right preparations are made.

The Spokesman said that ''during the preparatory period, the intentions of both sides will emerge and we must define what exactly the gap between the two sides means, which the UN Secretary General sees, and what caused it and investigate the possibilities of bridging the gap.''

He also noted that ''the positions of our side must be put in order during the negotiations.''

The Spokesman said that ''the policy of the government as regards the Cyprus problem has not changed,'' adding that ''the President's statement aimed at stressing the importance of the right preparation of a new negotiation process.''

''In the preparatory stage all the necessary contacts and consultations must take place, so as to ensure the prospect of success,'' he pointed out.

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