Sunday, 14 July 2013

House Speaker warns against Cyprus solution based on Annan plan

Cyprus - December 2nd, 2008
HOUSE SPEAKER Yiannakis Omirou has warned that Cyprus is in danger of coming across a new solution plan on the parameters of the Anan plan, rejected in 2004 by the majority of the Greek Cypriots.

“The danger of a solution plan on the parameters of the Anan plan is real” Omirou warned.

Omirou said that Cyprus must stick to its targets and principles and pointed out that “it is our duty to insist on a solution that guarantees the unity of the state, the fundamental freedoms and the rights of its people and at the same time the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and settlers.”

“We are neither negative, nor dismissive” Omirou said, blaming Turkey for the stalemate in the Cyprus talks of the past five years.

The House President rejected attempts by foreign circles to press Cyprus to accept a political settlement, taking advantage of the current economic downturn and called for unity on the domestic front.

The latest round of UN-backed talks was suspended in July 2012 as a result of Turkey’s reaction to the fact that Cyprus assumed the EU presidency between July and December 2012. It is expected that talks between the two Cypriot communities will resume in the autumn.

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