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House President: US must respect Greek Cypriot will
2005-10-26 11:42:49

Larnaca, Oct 26 - President of the House of Representatives Demetris Christofias said that if the US wish to contribute ''constructively to a Cyprus settlement based on the Annan plan but not as it is or with marginal changes'', they will have to give the message that they respect and recognise the will of the Greek Cypriot community, the majority of which did not accept the plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

''We expect that the US, which is a significant factor in the world, will fully respect UN resolutions, international law, the EU and its principles, and of course the will of the Cypriot people,'' Mr. Christofias added.

The House President was speaking at Larnaca Airport on his return from Slovakia, where he held a three-day official visit.

Invited to comment on the visit to Washington by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and his meeting with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, as well as a State Department statement that the meeting was in the context of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan plan, Mr. Christofias said there had been ''contradictory statements'' that caused the reaction of the political forces in Cyprus regarding the titles given to Mr. Talat and the aims of his meeting with Ms. Rice.

He added that the US should give the message that the Greek Cypriot community, through its leaders, ''was making a constructive step forward by accepting to discuss again on the basis of the Annan plan,'' not as it is or with marginal changes but ''in order to bring about significant changes in various aspects of the plan, which would make it acceptable by the Greek Cypriots'' and at the same time ''functional and viable.''

On this basis, he added, ''we expect that the UN Secretary General will also work,'' adding that ''we expect that any further US moves'' will be ''constructive in order to promote a solution of the Cyprus problem through talks under the auspices of the UN Secretary General.''

Referring to his visit to Slovakia, Mr. Christofias said it was ''very successful, full of positive experiences,'' noting that ''we have knocked on an open door.''

He also said that his meetings with parliament and government officials were ''very friendly'' and that Slovakia has reaffirmed its ''full support to and solidarity with the positions, efforts and struggle of the people of Cyprus to rid itself of the occupation, for the reunification of our country and the positions of the Republic of Cyprus.''

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