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House President: Hannay understands our views
2002-09-02 09:50:46

Nicosia, Sep 2 (CNA) -- The positions of the Greek Cypriot side on crucial aspects of the Cyprus problem have met with the understanding of Britain's special representative, according to Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias.

Speaking to the press after an hour long meeting with Lord David Hannay, Christofias said he hoped Britain as a guarantor power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council will meet its obligations as far as Cyprus is concerned.|

"I had the opportunity to outline our views on pivotal aspects of the Cyprus question, such as the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic, which are now being discussed, and said that their solution is of great importance for the future of the country and its people," Christofias said.

He said developments in Turkey and in the region were also on the agenda of today's meeting, which was also taken up by talk on November's general election in Turkey and the likelihood that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan tables a proposal on a Cyprus settlement at the direct talks his envoy Alvaro de Soto has been conducting since January with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
Christofias said he told Hannay that any papers that might be presented to the two leaders at the talks should be in line with Security Council decisions, international law and the high level agreements between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides that provide for a bizonal bicommunal federation.

"In a nutshell, I can say that the positions I analysed were met with understanding on the part of the British envoy," the House President said, pointing out however that "all will be revealed in deeds and people are judged by their actions."

He said he believed Britain has an obligation to facilitate the peace effort so that the solution, which everybody hopes will come before the European Union invites Cyprus to join, will secure the human rights and the freedoms of all Cypriots and will be based on such principles that would allow the Republic to continue to exist.

The EU Copenhagen summit in December is expected to invite Cyprus and another nine candidate countries to join.

Hannay is on the island for contacts with the two sides and others. Earlier today, he was received by President Clerides and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and he was having a working lunch with Denktash in the Turkish- occupied northern part of Cyprus.

Before leaving in the afternoon he is expected to make a brief statement.

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