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President Papadopoulos welcomes CHOGM 2005 communique on Cyprus
2005-11-28 15:17:10

by Maria Koniotou

Valetta, Nov 27 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has described the reference on Cyprus in Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM 2005) final communique, adopted here today, very much satisfying and important for Cyprus.

In statements in Malta, Papadopoulos noted that during bilateral contacts he had on the CHOGM sidelines, no country had expressed the intention to raise any objection as regards the extract on Cyprus.

''The relevant extract of the conclusions on Cyprus is considered to be very much satisfying,'' Papadopoulos said, adding that in this the Heads of Government first of all reaffirmed their previous communiques on Cyprus.

He said the Commonwealth leaders also welcomed Cyprus' accession to the European Union and called for a lasting and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on the UN resolutions and the Commonwealth principles.

Papadopoulos added that the Heads of Government also called for the implementation of all UN resolutions on Cyprus, including resolutions 365, 541, 550 and 1250 and for the respect of human rights of all Cypriots, including the right to property, ''something which is new''.

He said that there was a reference to the issue of missing persons and that the Heads of Government furthermore asked for the respect of European Court of Human Rights decisions.

''This is also something new added'' in the communique compared to previous Commonwealth communiques on Cyprus, Papadopoulos noted, adding that ''therefore in every aspect this extract of the conclusions is important for Cyprus.''

He said what remains to be done is Commonwealth member states to abide by these principles during their participation in other international fora as well.

The Cypriot President added that ''our effort was in bilateral contacts with countries which did not always support our positions in the past, or supported the positions of Turkey or the Turkish Cypriots, to explain the parameters and the importance such decisions have on their future policy.''

Papadopoulos noted that he himself held a series of bilateral contacts ''and we expect to see respect to these principles.''

Replying to a question he said there was no reaction or comment to the text on Cyprus by any country, not even by those that used to raise issues regarding Turkey.

''I had the opportunity to meet the leaders of such countries and they did not express during the tete-a-tete meetings any intention to raise any objection,'' he added.

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

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