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Media Watch 2005

22 April 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: John Leonidou
Comment: The following letter appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 22 April 2005.
‘Don’t cave in to the Annan plan’
"“We feel the need to remind some people, especially abroad, that the Cyprus Republic is part of the EU. It seems that some people haven’t realised that fact yet and that is why they are trying to reintroduce the Annan plan despite the fact that it is against basic principals of the EU and the Constitution. Three in four Cypriots turned the plan down so why is it being reintroduced?” Iosiphides blasted the Annan plan as racist: “We call on a just and viable plan based on the principals of the EU and under the wing of the UN without the violations of human rights."

THE MOVEMENT for the European Future of Cyprus is calling on Cypriots to keep the fight alive against the reintroduction of the Annan plan.

The group held a news conference at the Kyrenia Municipality yesterday calling for Cypriots to stand together, celebrate their “brave stance on the Annan plan” one year ago and not cave in to outside influences calling for the reintroduction of the plan. They will also be making their feelings heard tomorrow night with a special function to be held at the Cyprus state fair.

The Vice Chairman of the group, Vias Livadas, said that all Cypriots should voice together their rights.

“It is the responsibility of, not just Greek Cypriots, but all Cypriots to stand up and fight for what is ours. It is the responsibility of all of us and it is the least that we can do for the right of the Cypriot people.”

Member Christos Iosiphides said that the Annan plan violated human rights.
“We feel the need to remind some people, especially abroad, that the Cyprus Republic is part of the EU. It seems that some people haven’t realised that fact yet and that is why they are trying to reintroduce the Annan plan despite the fact that it is against basic principals of the EU and the Constitution. Three in four Cypriots turned the plan down so why is it being reintroduced?”

Iosiphides blasted the Annan plan as racist: “We call on a just and viable plan based on the principals of the EU and under the wing of the UN without the violations of human rights. This Saturday’s function aims at bringing the people together once more to put an end to the racist plan, as is the Annan plan.”

Judge Loucis Loucaides, who represents Cyprus on the European Court of Human Rights and joined the movement’s platform yesterday, said politicians had no right to be lingering on the Annan plan.

“It has been one year since the Cypriot people turned down the Annan plan, which didn’t aim to meet the rights of the Cypriot people but instead simply aimed at exonerating Turkey for what it did in the invasion and during the occupation, and also aimed at making Turkey’s passage into the EU easier.

“It is apparent that the Cypriot people do not want the Annan plan as a whole and it is not within the jurisdiction of politicians to reintroduce a plan that has already been turned down by the people.”

The function, which starts at 7pm at the Cyprus state fair tomorrow, on the eve of the anniversary of the referendum, will begin with the lighting of a torch, followed by traditional songs and speeches by the Mayor of Kyrenia Dr Constantinos Orologas and other figures from Cyprus and Greece. At 8.45pm a short film will be shown about the April 24 referendum, followed by a speech from Judge Loucaides. The ceremony will round off with the national anthem."