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House President says US reaction to Turkish proposals was expected
2006-01-27 11:33:28

Limassol, Jan 27 (CNA) - Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said today that the US reaction to recent Turkish proposals on the Cyprus problem was to be expected, noting that Cyprus must send its own messages to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Commenting on the reactions of Washington and London that welcomed the Turkish proposals, Christofias said he did not expect anything else ''either from the Americans or the British.''

He said US efforts at the UN Security Council are well known, after the rejection by the Greek Cypriot community of a UN solution plan, to remove Turkey's implications regarding the Cyprus problem and at the same time upgrade the regime in the Turkish occupied areas of the island by allowing direct trade and lifting the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.

''Because the substance of Turkey's proposals right now is first of all to avoid meeting its obligations emerging from its EU accession course and at the same time to upgrade the pseudostate through direct trade, one would expect this support, expressed by the US State Department and which was unfortunately expressed by the British Foreign Secretary as well,'' he noted.

Replying to questions, Christofias said ''we must send messages to the UN Secretary General that he must appoint a representative and of course proceed to the resumption of the talks, always on condition that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership will agree to discuss with an open mind the necessary changes to the Annan plan in order to reach a solution the soonest possible.''

The Turkish proposals, presented earlier this week by Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, call for an end to what Ankara calls the embargo on the Turkish Cypriots and provide for moves by Turkey to allow Cypriot ships and aircraft to use its ports and airports. This however is an obligation which Turkey has to meet and relates to its European accession course.

The Cypriot government has dismissed the proposals saying they are a repetition of earlier ideas which led nowhere, in the effort to find a negotiated settlement.

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