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AHEPA President says Annan's plan provides hope for Cyprus' future
2002-11-26 17:28:54

Nicosia Nov 26 (CNA)-- American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) President James Dimitriou described the plan for the solution of the Cyprus problem submitted by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a starting point from where a just settlement can be achieved within the framework of UN Security Council resolutions.

In a written statement, Dimitriou said ''we are cautiously optimistic that a solution exists in the UN plan that strictly upholds the principles of the rule of law, preserves human rights and offers freedom of movement and economic prosperity for all Cypriots in the harmony and context that the EU provides''.

''We consider this document a work-in-progress and a starting point from where a just settlement can be achieved within the framework of United Nations Security Council resolutions'', the statement reads.

Dimitriou expressed the belief that the ''comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem unveiled UN Secretary General provides hope for the future of Cyprus''.|

''Ultimately'', he added, ''it is up to the good people of Cyprus, both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot alike, to decide what is in their best interests''.

The Greek Cypriot side has said it would negotiate on the basis of the UN proposal. The Turkish Cypriot side has yet to reply.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

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