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Media Watch 2005

11 February 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 11 February 2005.
'Cypriots have feelings and dignity'
""Britain must understand that Cypriots have “feelings and dignity”, which they stand up for, and he called on the British ''to stop challenging the feelings of the people of Cyprus on a daily basis, for our benefit and theirs... In an effort to make her [Britain] understand that, while choosing Turkey over Cyprus, she must understand that the Cypriots have feelings and dignity, which they cannot but stand up for"... If the Greek Cypriot side was now seeking changes to the Annan plan, this was because so many of the plan’s provisions "bore Britain’s fingerprints, and in particular those of Lord David Hannay, who now comes up with books from which to hurl his thunderbolts at us," he said referring to Hannay’s book launch on Monday..."

AKEL’s general-secretary launched a new attack on Britain yesterday, only days after he said the former colonial power had been the island’s “nemesis” for the past half century.

Speaking during a visit to Athens for meetings with senior Greek officials, Christofias said

Britain must understand that Cypriots have “feelings and dignity”, which they stand up for, and he called on the British ''to stop challenging the feelings of the people of Cyprus on a daily basis, for our benefit and theirs.''

”In an effort to make her (Britain) understand that, while choosing Turkey over Cyprus, she must understand that the Cypriots have feelings and dignity, which they can not but stand up for,” he said, adding that he had already expressed his views to Britain.

“There are British interests in Cyprus, met through the Bases, which the Zurich-London agreements imposed. No one wanted to ask for the dissolution of these Bases. Now and since 1960 we have many other internal problems, these problems were worsened after the invasion and occupation and became serious problems regarding relations with Turkey.”

Returning from a visit to the United Kingdom on Tuesday he said it was “crystal clear that the British factor had been paramount in recent developments to solve the Cyprus problem”.

If the Greek Cypriot side was now seeking changes to the Annan plan, this was because so many of the plan’s provisions “bore Britain’s fingerprints, and in particular those of Lord David Hannay, who now comes up with books from which to hurl his thunderbolts at us,” he said referring to Hannay’s book launch on Monday."