WASHINGTON .- The US expressed disappointment that the majority of Greek Cypriots voted against the Annan Plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, in separate referenda in the two communities here Saturday. US State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher described the outcome as a ”setback to the hopes” of those on the island who voted for the settlement and to the international community. He commended those who approved the plan, in particular the Turkish
Cypriots, adding that the US is looking forward to the UN Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council on his good offices mission. In his statement, Boucher said ”culminating years of UN sponsored negotiations, which the US strongly supported, Greek and Turkish Cypriots voted in parallel referenda on a comprehensive UN plan to end the tragic division of their island”.
He commended Annan, his Special Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, and the UN team ”for their outstanding work” and ”we also welcome the support that the Turkish and Greek governments gave to the UN plan”. Boucher said the State Department also commended all those ”who voted to approve the plan — particularly a large majority of Turkish Cypriots — for their courage and their vote for peace and reconciliation”.
”We are disappointed that a majority of Greek Cypriots voted against the settlement plan. Failure of the referenda in the Greek Cypriot community is a setback to the hopes of those on the island who voted for the settlement and to the international community”, the State Department spokesman said.
”We look forward to the Secretary General’s report to the UN Security
Council on his Good Offices Mission”, he concluded.