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Cyprus President: US stance unclear
2005-11-03 12:15:20

Larnaca, Nov 3 – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has expressed the belief that there might be a differentiation of the US stance regarding the amendments the Greek Cypriot side wants to the Annan Plan, but that this was still unclear.

Speaking at Larnaca Airport earlier today prior to his departure for Paris, where he will pay an official visit, he stressed that until recently the US was saying the solution of the Cyprus problem is the Annan Plan with slight modifications.

''Today some people say that it is possible to have some changes that will meet the rational concerns of the Greek Cypriot side and some say that these changes must be agreed,'' he added but also noted that the positions of the US are not clear.

Referring to the possibility the negotiations to resume, the President said these matters are up to the UN Secretary General, who will decide how and when he will resume any new effort.

As regards his visit to Paris, he said “we all know the significance that France has as an international power but mainly in the European Union”.

He also said that there are no measures in the EU for the imposition of sanctions as regards Turkey’s breach to veto the accession of the Republic of Cyprus in the Export Control Organization and the application of Cyprus to become an observer member in the Black Sea Countries Organisation.

He added that in 2006 when an EU evaluation of Turkey will take place ''this will be noted as a point against Ankara and then decisions will be taken by us and by the European Union”.

Referring to the violation by Turkish occupation forces of the status quo in Louroutzina, Mr. Papadopoulos said that a protest was made the day after the violation to UNFICYP and that this was followed by other representations and actions by the Cyprus government.

He said that the matter was raised recently in his meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

The United Nations are saying that they are making every effort to restore the status quo, Mr. Papadopoulos also said.

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