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President Papadopoulos: No concessions on Cyprus solution
2005-08-23 16:33:11

Nicosia, Aug 23 – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has stressed the government’s commitment and firm position that it will never make any concessions that will endanger the Republic of Cyprus and the Cypriot Hellenism.

“For us, the issue is not just to close the Cyprus problem…but to solve it right”, the President said, adding that “we will continue to struggle with unwavering faith for the final justification of Cyprus”.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of representatives of the two main overseas organizations, POMAK (World Federation of Overseas Cypriots) and PSEKA (International Coordinating Committee - Justice for Cyprus) who gathered in Cyprus for their 14th world conference.

The president also stressed: "The only thing we are pursuing and want is to contribute to a mutually acceptable functional and viable solution. And such a solution will not be achieved with decorative changes to the Annan plan”.

He added that the Turkish side “completely refuses to discuss changes to a plan which suits her perfectly”.

In a reference to the COREPER meeting that will take place at the end of the month on Turkey’s EU accession course, in connection with its recent signing of the Ankara agreement and its “unacceptable” declaration whereby it said it does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Papadopoulos said: "The declaration, in substance, negates and nullifies its obligation to extend the implementation of its customs union to the entire Republic of Cyprus which it says it does not recognise”.

“In a few words, Turkey recognises the existence of the Republic of Cyprus as a full and equal EU member state only for an instant. It recognises us only during the voting for the start of the accession of its negotiations with the EU, and ceases to recognise us straight after”, he added.

President Papadopoulos also said the position of Cyprus on Turkey’s EU accession negotiations will become known at the “right time and will take into consideration the general interest of Cyprus and its people”.

Moreover, Foreign Minister George Iacovou told the overseas Cypriots that "our steadfast aim and wish is to demolish the walls of partition, which were set up by the Turkish invasion, and live in peace and security with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots in a united, sovereign, federal, bi-zonal, bi-communal and prosperous Cyprus, with its human rights and the basic freedoms of all Cypriots safeguarded."

Referring to the efforts by some people to lift the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, Mr Iacovou said that this “isolation” is the result of the Turkish occupation under the pretext of their economic support through the commencement of direct trade and the use of ports and airports.

“At last, it must be understood that these efforts aim to establish and perpetuate the partition and do not help towards the reunification of the island. Mr Talat has repeatedly acknowledged this in recent statements”, he added.

On the issue of Turkey’s European course, Mr Iacovou said: “We, Cyprus and Greece, have repeatedly declared our intention to support Turkey’s accession course, provided that Turkey and its policies are in line with European principles and codes of conduct. This will be the final criterion of progress regarding this course”.

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