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Cyprus President reiterates Varosha proposal and commitment to bi-zonal solution
2005-09-29 14:42:26

Nicosia, Sep 29 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos reiterated his proposal for the return of the enclosed city of Varosha in the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus to its lawful owners, as ''a tangible step that would significantly contribute to the crystallization of trust between the two communities'' on the island.

Mr. Papadopoulos stressed his commitment to a solution of a bizonal, bicommunal federation that will bring about the reunification of the country and its people.

''We remain committed to working constructively for such a solution that will serve the legitimate interests of the people of Cyprus as a whole,'' he added, noting that Cyprus appoaches positively ''all developments that may enable the settlement of the problem, including the European aspirations of Turkey," he told the new Panamanian Ambassador to Cyprus, Antonio Fotis Taquis, who is based in Athens.

''However it becomes more and more evident that Turkey does not opt for a similarly constructive stance,''he said, adding that ''Turkey's ultimate objective is clearly not the reunification of Cyprus, but the setting up of two separate states," the President added.

Furthermore the President pointed out that the Cypriot government supports the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community, always within national and European legality.

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