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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-05-16

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

  • [01]Friday, 16 May 2003 President Papadopoulos: the Government should not impose restrictions on the freedom of movement

    [01] President Papadopoulos: the Government should not impose restrictions on the freedom of movement

    The President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos praised yesterday Greek Member of Parliament and former Foreign Minister of Greece, Mr Theodoros Pangalos for his instrumental and decisive contribution to Cyprus' European Union accession course, after a ceremony during which Mr Pangalos was declared honourary citizen of Lefkara village. Mr Pangalos was one of the people who opened the road to Cyprus' accession, he said. Invited to comment on the telephone conversation that the President of the United States had with Turkey's Prime Minister, in which Mr Bush asked Mr Erdogan to contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem, Mr Papadopoulos said that the Turkish side and Mr Erdogan say they are contributing to a solution by pointing out to the UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan that the proper solution is a solution of two separate states. In reaction to Mr Bush's description of the Annan Plan as "just and balanced" President Papadopoulos said that the American support for the Annan Plan as it stands is well known. The Greek Cypriot side accepts the Annan Plan for negotiations, provided that the proper changes, required by the new conditions and Cyprus' accession to the European Union, are made. Commenting on the incidents by the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied areas, in which Greek Cypriot worshippers were forced by illegal policemen to leave the Turkish occupied church of Agios Mamas in Morfou, the President said that Mr Denktash wants, on one hand to promote the existence of his so-called "state" and on the other to avert communication between the two sides. Despite these provocations, the Government should not impose restrictions on the freedom of movement "which is the foundation of our struggle" he added. The President stressed that what is happening today, with the easing of restrictions on the freedom of movement, "is not a solution, not even a step towards a solution", adding that the Cyprus problem is not just the freedom of movement, as it is imposed by Mr Denktash. "Mr Denktash wants a solution based on two separate states with good neighbourly relations. Two states that would solve their border problems. We will never accept that", he concluded.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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