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Cypriot Speaker: Talks should end in an agreed solution
2005-11-07 13:54:30

Larnaca, Nov 6 (CNA) – House President Demetris Christofias said today that after hard work and strategy it is now clear to the UN Secretary-General, Britain, the US and Europe that a new initiative for a resumption of the Cyprus talks must not be a reproduction of the previous but should end in an agreed solution.

Speaking at Larnaca airport before departing to Athens to attend a gathering of the Cyprus Embassy in the Greek capital to mark the 45 anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus, Christofias said actions such as the recent invitation by the Americans to Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to visit the US do not convey the right messages.

“They do not help efforts to return to the negotiating table for a proper procedure to begin with prospects for a successful solution to the Cyprus problem”, he added.

He expressed the hope that Talat’s visit to Washington last month “was not a message of upgrading the illegal regime”.

Christofias said that after hard work and strategy following the period after the referendum of April 2004 where Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan for a solution to the Cyprus problem, “we gradually managed to change the view of the SG, Britain, the US and the EU” that a “new initiative should not be replica of the previous but must end in an agreed solution”.

He said the Americans have made their choice because they believe that this way their strategic interests are best served in the wider Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean region. “Unfortunately the Americans’ choice is Turkey”.

He said that as an exchange for Ankara to accept the US strategy during its invasion of Iraq was “Cyprus, the Annan Plan and its provisions which fully satisfied Ankara”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.

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