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Cyprus President: Annan plan perpetuates divisive provisions
2005-10-26 12:41:10

Larnaca, Oct 26 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said today that the Turkish Cypriot side and sometimes the Turkish side stress their willingness to resume negotiations for a Cyprus settlement, but ''do not omit to stress that for them the solution is the Annan plan, which they evaluate as the plan that will bring the reunification of Cyprus.''

He then stressed that it was ''good for everyone to know that when the Turkish side is speaking about the commencement of talks and reunification, what it pursues is the return of the Annan plan,'' which ''will neither give a solution nor reunification, but on the contrary will perpetuate the divisive provisions it contains.''

"If what the Turkish side pursues, as (Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah) Gul and (Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Ergodan repeatedly state, is the Annan plan with some decorative or marginal changes, for which indeed we are called on to give something in return", he added.

The President was speaking at Larnaca Airport, before departing for London, where he will participate in the informal European Council.

He also noted that ''it is well known and recognised by all that the Annan plan cannot be accepted by the Greek Cypriot side,'' adding that ''there cannot be a solution on the basis of the Annan plan as it is.''

Commenting on Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat's visit to Washington and his meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Papadopoulos said the Greek Cypriot side is seeking the resumption of talks on the Cyprus problem in the context of the UN initiative and with a more active involvement of the EU.

On the insistence of the US State Department that the solution of the Cyprus problem will be on the basis of the plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, without any further clarifications, President Papadopoulos said ''this is the fixed position of the US.''

''There is no other country that insists with such emphasis that the Annan plan is the only balanced solution and the only way towards a solution,'' he said, noting that he meant ''the US, Talat and the Turkish side.''

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