Nicosia.- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed his wish that 2005 will be a year of reunification of Cyprus adding that the decisions taken during this year by the people have formed the frame of how the political cause will continue.
Visiting camps of the National Guard to wish Merry Christmas and a happy new year to the soldiers, President Papadopoulos said that decisions taken during this “tough” and “difficult” year must be respected and put into practice.
”Our battle never ends and our hope and pursuit is that the new year must allow us to reunify our country and to abolish the green line that still exist”, Papadopoulos said.
Referring to the soldiers, he said that due to their service, people can feel secure.
He also praised the level of their training adding that he trusts the leadership of the National Guard.
There are not the necessary conditions at the moment for the resumption of the Cyprus talks, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides stated, reiterating that the Annan plan cannot be brought back in its present form.
Called to comment on the statement of US State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher, that the Annan plan is the only way forward, the Spokesman reiterated that the Annan plan in its present form cannot be brought again before the Cypriot people in a referendum.”
Regarding the statement of the Turkish Premier Tayip Erdogan, that a new process on the Cyprus issue will start in 2005, the Spokesman said that the Turkish Prime Minister “has not given any proof of his change of stance regarding the promotion of a Cyprus solution.” Asked about Mr. Erdogan’s statement, “if the G/C accept the Annan plan, we will recognize them”, Mr. Chrysostomides reiterated that “the Annan plan in its present form cannot be brought again before the Cypriot people.”
“The aim is to agree to a plan, which only after an agreement between the interested parties will be put before the Cypriot people in a referendum,” the Spokesman mentioned.
Called to comment on a statement by Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis, who called on Nicosia to mention the changes it proposes to the Annan plan, the Government Spokesman said that Mr. Valinakis doesn’t seem to have said exactly that.
“The reasons for the rejection of the Annan plan are well known. Our negotiating positions will be determined in the framework of the negotiations, but we cannot discuss them in public,” the Spokesman stated.
To a journalist’s remark, that the only condition that doesn’t seem to be in place for a resumption of the Cyprus process is the non-conclusion of elections in the occupied areas, the Spokesman said that if something is to be expected to arise from the voting in the occupied areas, it is “the existence of a reliable leadership of the T/C community, which will be in a position to participate in contacts and negotiations.”
Meanwhile, the National Council, top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, convened on Wednesday to discuss the works and results of the recent Brussels European Council, which decided to give Turkey the 3rd of October as a date to begin accession negotiations with the EU.
Speaking after the two-hour-long meeting, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said discussions would continue.
”At today’s National Council meeting, presided over by the President of the Republic, the President gave a long and full briefing on what went on in Brussels during the summit and on the content of the Council’s conclusions,” the Spokesman said.