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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Tassos outlines his vision of a solution ]

Tassos outlines his vision of a solution

“I AM NOT about to make calculations and statements motivated by electioneering when it comes to the Cyprus problem,” said President Tassos Papadopoulos in a press conference yesterday.

“I want to clearly state that in no case will I accept the return of the Annan plan or a version of it under another name.

“I think that the division of Cyprus would be a catastrophe and I would never agree to such a prospect,” President Papadopoulos said.
The President yesterday summoned the media to the Presidential Palace to present his policy on the Cyprus problem.

As we all have come to know following his dramatic televised appeal for a ‘no’ to the Annan plan referendum in April 2004, the Presidential Palace is the apposite location in which to engage with the Cyprus problem. Indeed, whereas his previous policy commitments were announced in other locations, this time he could not resist.
He repeated his mantra for a Cyprus “which secures a safe future for our children”, while he breathed new life into the “solution with the correct content” discussion which caused much acrimony during the election season.

The solution he is after prescribes a final solution to the problem of settlers, recognises the right of return of refugees and achieves a united economy,
Settlers will be given “appropriate incentives” to pack up and leave the country, since the illegal entry of immigrants into a country is conditional upon numerous international agreements and under the authority of European legal justice.
The solution also makes for a new form of security for the two communities. which will not allow a third country to intervene.

The President was asked how easy it would be to achieve this last point: “woe betides us if our criterion for deciding what we wanted was how easy it would be to achieve, thus abandoning positions that have the wider international support.”
As for the procedure by which a solution will be achieved, he rejected all that went before the Annan plan, saying that he will seek “a short and effective” negotiation.
Papadopoulos added that “the term ‘good offices’ which defines the role of the UN Secretary-general does not include arbitration unless both parties desire it.”

The basic parameters of his “compound and multi-levelled strategy” are: co-operation with Greece, the building of alliances with the international community and with the European Union, the active participation of the five permanent members of the Security Council, supporting the Turkish Cypriot community, achieving reciprocal understanding between the two communities, creating communication channels with civil society and intensifying efforts towards materialising the July 8 agreement.
In spite of previous lack of evidence as to efforts made for the reconsideration of the status of the British bases, Papadopoulos insisted that his government is in fact reviewing and reconsidering the SBA status.

He reminded the people that “for obvious reasons” there was an effort to reassert the SBA’s status in the Annan plan.
Regarding meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, Papadopoulos said that he had never refused to see Talat within the July 8 framework.
“We should not undermine and abandon the July 8 agreement since, not only does it cultivate a positive climate and makes for the improvement of relations between the two communities, but also adds sufficient content to any discussion of the Cyprus problem.”

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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