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President ready to work with UN towards a federal solution of Cyprus problem
2006-08-30 09:49:10

Nicosia, Aug 29 ? Cyprus President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos, receiving the credentials of the new High Commissioner of Canada to Cyprus, based in Bucharest, Marta Moszczenska, reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's commitment to achieving a bizonal, bicommunal federal solution to the Cyprus problem.

The President also expressed his readiness ''to work constructively within the UN framework for such a solution on the basis of all relevant UN resolutions, international law and the founding principles of the European Union.''

In that solution, President Papadopoulos said, ''the human rights of all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike, will be fully respected and guaranteed, and the legitimate interests of both communities will be taken into account.''

The President emphasised that the Greek Cypriots ''cannot accept that the work of the technical committees be focused only to solving day-to-day problems, thus normalising the present illegal status quo.''

He also said that, ''in the last 32 years, Turkey has unabatedly propagated a secessionist policy in Cyprus with the aim of creating two separate states in Cyprus, in flagrant violation of all UN resolutions as well as those adopted by the Commonwealth.''

''I would like once more to reiterate our commitment to achieve a bizonal, bicommunal federal solution to the Cyprus problem, in which the human rights of all Cypriots, Greek and Turkish Cypriots alike, will be fully respected and guaranteed, and the legitimate interests of both communities will be taken into account,'' he added.

''We are ready,'' he continued, ''to work constructively within the UN framework for such a solution on the basis of all relevant UN resolutions, international law and the founding principles of the European Union.''

Referring to the meeting he had with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Paris last February, the President said that was ''a significant step as regards the efforts to launch a new round of substantive bicommunal negotiations under the auspices of the UN.''

''We are sincerely interested,'' he continued, ''in launching the process that was agreed in Paris, which together with seeking to restore trust between the two communities, will also adequately prepare the ground for the full resumption of the substantive negotiating progress.''

The President emphasised that Greek Cypriots ''cannot accept that the work of the technical committees be focused only to solving day-to-day problems, thus normalising the present illegal status quo.''

''This would serve the ultimate goal of Turkey to set the conditions for upgrading the illegal secessionist entity in the northern part of Cyprus,'' President Papadopoulos said, expressing his hope that ''the Turkish side will show the necessary goodwill and respond positively to the procedure agreed in Paris with the UN Secretary General.''

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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