NEW YORK.- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has stressed that he does not intend to bring again before the Cyprus people the same solution plan in a new referendum because this would be a heavy insult. Addressing a gathering of Greek Americans in Astoria, New York, on Thursday, President Papadopoulos noted that the Greek Cypriot side wishes for a solution and negotiations in the framework of a new initiative based on the European law and human rights.
He called upon the Greek American Community to help the Cyprus voice to be loudly heard during the US electoral campaign not only for a Cyprus solution but also for the Cyprus people not to be punished because they freely expressed there will during the 24 April referendum.
President Papadopoulos thanked the overseas Cypriots and their leaders who agreed that the ”plan which was offered to us was not satisfactory and could not answer to the concerns of the Greek Cypriots and therefore the Greek Cypriots and every Greek could not but vote ‘no”’.
Referring to the reasons for which he asked the Greek Cypriots to reject the Annan Plan, the Cypriot President said some real difficulties begin now because big interests are at stake, adding the United States and Britain play a leading role in helping Turkey.
As regards to the Greek Cypriot “no” vote in the referendum, the Cypriot President explained that in the event of a mistake there would be no return back, noting that his generation has an obligation towards all the next generations.
”When you must decide for the dissolution of your state you can not rely only on Turkey’s good will. Nobody has the right to erase the land of our fathers. No one can imagine the loneliness of the weight of the decision to sign the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for the future of your country», he said.
Concluding President Papadopoulos expressed his gratitude to the overseas Cypriots and their leaders for their support.