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AKEL to discuss Annan plan, opposes timetable proposed
2002-11-16 23:45:11

Nicosia, Nov 16 (CNA) ? Left wing party AKEL pledged to examine with all due seriousness the solution plan which UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has submitted to the two sides in Cyprus for an overall settlement to the Cyprus problem.

However, it expressed its discontent ''with the strong pressure attempted to be exercised against the Greek Cypriot side by the timetable proposed as well as by the clear-inter-link of Cyprus' European course to the possible solution or non-solution.''

The position is outlined in a resolution approved during a political meeting organised by AKEL to condemn the 19th "anniversary" of the unilateral declaration of independence by the Denktash regime in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

In a resolution to the UN Secretary General the political meeting organised by AKEL denounced the continuing occupation by Turkish troops of territories of the Republic of Cyprus as well as Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's and Ankara's secessionist actions, the culmination of which was the proclamation of the regime on November 15, 1983.

It also denounced the settlement of the occupied areas, the continuing destruction of the cultural heritage of Cyprus by Turkey and the occupation regime and expressed concern over the unacceptable living conditions of the enclaved and the continuing refusal of the Turkish side to cooperate in the verification of the fate of the missing.|

AKEL said "we are prepared for an honest, historic compromise with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation and the political equality of the two communities as this is defined by a number of UN resolutions".

It expressed "our resoluteness to continue our struggle to secure that the solution will rid Cyprus from the occupation troops and the settlers, will restore the territorial integrity, the single sovereignty, the single citizenship and the single integrity, the single sovereignty, the single citizenship and the single international personality of the Republic of Cyprus, will safeguard the right of refugees to return to their homes and properties, in order to safeguard the human and political rights of all Cypriot citizens without exception".

''Within the above framework of principles", AKEL said, the party "will examine with all due seriousness and sense of responsibility vis-a-vis the country and people, the plan for a solution of the Cyprus problem that you have proposed to the two sides in the document of November 11th.

"We wish, however, to note our discontent for and disagreement with the strong pressure attempted to be exercised against us by the suffocating time- table proposed as well as by the clear-inter-link of Cyprus' European course to the possible solution or non-solution", it added.

AKEL General Secretary, Demetris Christofias in a speech said, "we are anticipating hard days and we should gather up all our patience, determination, willingness, patriotism and wisdom to handle the difficulties and not yield to the intricacies".

Christofias said the National Council should collectively, responsibly and decisively handle developments.

An initial study by the party's Political Bureau on the Annan plan for a Cyprus settlement said the "plan contains many positive elements but also many ambiguities and contradictory statements which require many interpretations, as well as important negative elements".

However, Christofias said that based on the circumstances and the climate in the international arena, "it would be unwise and wrong to reject a discussion of the Annan plan".

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory. The UN Secretary General submitted a plan on Monday to the leaders of the two communities asking them to take some time to consider it and reply to him by November 18.

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