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Media Watch 2005

13 March 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 13 March 2005.
Tassos: bad solution a recipe for disaster
"“The need for an urgent solution in Cyprus does not override the need for a correct solution,” said Papadopoulos. “We are seeking the solution in earnest but we cannot sacrifice the essence of the problem to the urgent need to find a settlement. We cannot accept a distorted settlement with the illusion that we shall prevent the worst. The worst will follow the bad. A bad solution in Cyprus is the safest guarantee for the worst. Commenting on the prevailing view in the international community that he does not want a settlement, Papadopolous said the Greek Cypriot side would never tire of its readiness for a correct, workable and viable solution through substantive negotiations. Papadopoulos said that even if others tried to stop the Greek Cypriots from saying ‘no’, “we neither can nor have the right to say ‘yes’ to any settlement, which would seemingly close the question of Cyprus but in reality would open the way to a multitude of problems”."

PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos warned yesterday that any urgency to solve the Cyprus issue should not override the need for a sustainable solution.

He said a bad political settlement would be the safest guarantee for worse things to come.

Papadopoulos was speaking at a memorial service for the late President Spyros Kyprianou, a day after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the ball was now in the court of Greece and the Greek Cypriots.

“The need for an urgent solution in Cyprus does not override the need for a correct solution,” said Papadopoulos. “We are seeking the solution in earnest but we cannot sacrifice the essence of the problem to the urgent need to find a settlement. We cannot accept a distorted settlement with the illusion that we shall prevent the worst. The worst will follow the bad. A bad solution in Cyprus is the safest guarantee for the worst.”

Commenting on the prevailing view in the international community that he does not want a settlement, Papadopolous said the Greek Cypriot side would never tire of its readiness for a correct, workable and viable solution through substantive negotiations.

”A solution of bizonal, bicommunal federation which will really reunite our homeland and will safeguard effectively the security, the rights and the best future of all its citizens,” he said.

“If some people, for the sake of false realism, want us to shift our positions, we neither can nor have the right to distance ourselves from what is rudimentary correct and self-evident in order to meet the wrong and unorthodox.”

Papadopoulos said that even if others tried to stop the Greek Cypriots from saying ‘no’, “we neither can nor have the right to say ‘yes’ to any settlement, which would seemingly close the question of Cyprus but in reality would open the way to a multitude of problems”.

Paying tribute to Kyprianou, the founder of the DIKO party that Papadopoulos heads, and who died three years ago, the President said what Cyprus needed today was the “clear political thinking” of the late Kyprianou."