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House President appeals to international community
2005-11-16 11:18:57

Nicosia, Nov 16 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias has called on the international community to remember that, when dealing with the question of Cyprus, part of the country is under Turkish occupation, its cultural heritage is being pillaged and the country’s demographic structure is under threat from the influx of illegal Turkish settlers.

He also urged those involved in Cyprus to make sure that the issue of missing persons in Cyprus and the deprivation of the fundamental rights of enclaved Greek Cypriots are also on their mind in the effort to find a negotiated settlement.

All these, he pointed out, should not be written off, because Ankara has endorsed a UN-proposed solution plan, which the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots have rejected as unfair and favouring Turkish designs.

“There can be no viable solution in Cyprus without tackling these aspects of the problem and without safeguarding human rights and political freedoms of the Cypriot people,” he told an anti-occupation rally, to mark 22 years since the illegal UDI by the Turkish Cypriots.

He acknowledged that the solution cannot be anything but “a compromise, that is called a bizonal bicommunal federation, which appears to be the only one that can rid Cyprus of Turkey’s occupation and reunite the country.”

The solution must be based on UN resolutions, the principles of international law, the high level agreements of 1977 and 1979 and European Union, he said, adding that the Greek Cypriot side is ready for negotiations at the invitation of the UN Secretary General.

“The Turkish Cypriot side is not ready to return to the negotiating table and discuss the changes we want to introduce to the Annan plan,” he said, noting that Turkish Cypriot moves and statements bear witness to their objectives which aim at political gains because of their support to the UN plan.

“What they focus on is to lift what they call economic isolation of the Turkish Cypriots,” he concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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