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President Papadopoulos: UNSG will start new initiative for Cyprus
2005-11-29 16:25:47

Dublin, Nov 29 -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has expressed the belief that UN Secretary General Kofi Anan will start a new initiative for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, by first sending his personal envoy to prepare a common ground between the two sides.

Addressing the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin on Tuesday, the President also said: ''I don' t know when such an effort, or initiative will start. But I have good reasons to believe that that the UNSG will start his initiative by a series of missions his personal envoy will make, to try to prepare a common ground between the two sides in Cyprus".

Mr. Papadopoulos, who was in Ireland for an official visit, also reiterated that the solution to the Cyprus problem should be functional thus viable, adding that the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan for a comprehensive settlement is still on the table.

''Very often I hear the argument, 'is the Anan plan still on the table?' I have been involved too long in the Cyprus problem to know that no plan of the UN put on the table ever fades away'', he added.

He then noted that last April he had send to the UN two of his representatives ''who listed out all the changes the Greek Cypriot side wants to see in his plan or in any plan or the provisions we need to see in a plan for a solution'', noting that ''we can not afford another failure''.

''As I once had the opportunity to tell Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, I don' t care whether the new plan will be called Annan VI or Erdogan I. The content is what is important. A content that would make the solution functional and thus viable'', he stressed.

Referring to Turkey's EU orientation, he said that Cyprus supports Turkey since it hopes that the country will become more European, noting though that Turkey has not shown any appreciation towards Cyprus' support.

''It is not a right policy to block Turkey's EU orientation. A Turkey that has a European orientation and accepts the obligations towards the EU and the Republic of Cyprus, is better for us'', he said, adding ''Turkey has not appreciated Cyprus' support on the contrary it has even become more aggressive ever since''.

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