ATHENS.- ANA – The Greek government reiterated that it will continue to be where it’s always been – at Cyprus’ side – offering its support, after the announcement of the results of the referenda on a UN plan to settle the Cyprus problem on Saturday.
Government Spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos in a press statement said:
”After Lucerne and in light of today’s referendum, all political forces in Cyprus and Greece took a position regarding the Plan of the UN Secretary General. Today, the people of Cyprus made their decision, which of course we will all respect.
”In a few days a new period begins. Cyprus officially joins the European Union and begins its European course as full-fledged member. Within the EU framework, it will be in everyone’s interests to continue rapprochement efforts between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.
”The Greek government reiterates today that Greece will continue to be where it always has been – by Cyprus’ side – offering its support. We will face the new situation, in cooperation with the Cypriot government. We will persue in keeping open the process of finding a definitive resolution to Cyprus’ political problem.”
Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) leader George Papandreou commenting Saturday evening on the results of the Cyprus referenda said that his party reaffirms its solidarity with Cypriot Hellenism.
”We have stated from the very first moment and we reaffirm today our solidarity with Cypriot Hellenism. The vote of the Greek Cypriots is respected”, Papandreou said in a statement.
”We call on the international community as well as our EU partners not to hastily adopt as obvious the interpretation that the result of the referendum constitutes the rejection of a vision for a reunited Cyprus,” he said.
”No Greek can accept that the Cyprus issues closes today. I believe that it can be resolved. The occupation should end. Cyprus should be reunited in a bizonal, bicommunal federation within the framework of UN and EU resolutions,” he added.
The Cyprus issue, Papandreou said, will be at the centre of Greece’s foreign policy and will affect Greek-Turkish relations.
He also called on the government to take new initiatives on the issue.
The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) said on Saturday that it will continue to be at the side of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, after the results of a referendum on a UN plan to resolve the Cyprus problem were announced.
”The Cypriot people, with the sweeping majority of a ‘NO’ vote, rejected the Annan plan,” Orestis Kolozov, member of the KKE political bureau said in a statement. ”The powerful ‘no’ constitutes a strong asset for the Cypriots in any future solution-seeking processes for a federal, bi-zonal and bi-communal Cyprus; a demilitarised Cyprus, without foreign bases and guarantor powers,” he added.
”KKE will continue to be at the side of the people of Cyprus – Greek and Turkish Cypriots – in their struggle to ward off foreign intervention and to open the road for a just solution that will benefit all citizens of the island,” Kolozov concluded.
Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party leader Nikos Constantopoulos on Saturday said the ”will and the decision of Greek and Turkish Cypriots is respected” as expressed in parallel referenda on a UN plan to solve the long-standing Cyprus issue.
The results of the referenda indicate the beginning of a new period for the Cyprus problem. During this new period, the momentum to find a solution should not be lost, while the danger of abandoning the problem and allowing occupation to continue should be avoided, Constantopoulos said.
”For this reason SYN recommends that new initiatives be taken immediately – as soon as Monday – on an international level, in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem; a solution which we all must say clearly that we want.
”As far as SYN is concerned, the objective is to reunify the island and for the two communities to reach a rapprochement, so that the solution be a viable one for the entire Cyprus population and a functional one based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, as a united state, a full-fledged and equal European member,” the SYN leader said.