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Media Watch 2005

14 January 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following leader article appeared in Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 14 January 2005.
EU Constitution – Magic wand for a Cyprus settlement
"...its implementation will automatically nullify all the unacceptable pro-Turkish provisions of the controversial Annan Plan that grossly violate the European Convention of Human Rights by legitimising the consequences of the ethnic cleansing war crime committed by Turkey, as well as the violation of other fundamental human rights and basis democratic principles... a settlement must be firmly based on full compliance with all the clauses of the EU Constitution, without any derogations, as envisaged by the Annan Plan and those who back it, despite its overwhelming rejection by the Greek Cypriots."

The adoption of the EU constitution by the EU Parliament this week must be seized by Cyprus and used as the magic wand for the achievement of the long-elusive just settlement of the protracted problem of the island resulting from the Turkish occupation, the enforced division and consequent ethnic cleansing.

The Constitution sets out in 54 concise articles the fundamental rights guaranteed for all EU citizens. What is more, the EU will also, for the first time, accede to the European Convention on Human Rights, an additional cast-iron guarantee that any Cyprus settlement must be based on the principles enshrined in the Convention.

The result is that the Constitution in effect encompasses three simple concepts, more rights, more democracy and more openness.

Cyprus simply has no choice but to adopt it, for its implementation will automatically nullify all the unacceptable pro-Turkish provisions of the controversial Annan Plan that grossly violate the European Convention of Human Rights by legitimising the consequences of the ethnic cleansing war crime committed by Turkey, as well as the violation of other fundamental human rights and basis democratic principles.

Cyprus should have rushed to become the first EU member state to adopt the Constitution. Let it not dilly-dally any longer.

Our political leaders must insist at the same time that a settlement must be firmly based on full compliance with all the clauses of the EU Constitution, without any derogations, as envisaged by the Annan Plan and those who back it, despite its overwhelming rejection by the Greek Cypriots.

In this respect, it is also time that President Papadopoulos and all the other party leaders who spread confusion by saying that a settlement may still be worked out on the basis of a revised Annan Plan, stop doing so. Let them insist instead that the sole basis for a settlement must be the EU Constitution.

This insistence on an amended Annan Plan is utterly incomprehensible in view of the latest absolute rubbishing of the basic philosophy of the Plan by President Papadopoulos just this week (see report on this page).

President Papadopoulos banged the nail hard on the head by declaring unequivocally that that the rejection of the Plan by the Greek Cypriots in the April 24 referendum was "an act of self defence'' against what would have amounted to the dissolution of the Cypriot state, the perpetuation of the division of the geographical space, the economy, society and the authority of the state.

He should have referred to the gross violations of human rights as an even more important reason for its rejection, but regrettably remained silent on this aspect.

What more can one say, particularly to all those who keep saying that the Annan Plan can still be used as a basis for a settlement? It is time that all Cypriots, Greeks and Turks, realised that, as full and equal members of the European Union they simply have no other choice but to comply with the basic provisions of the EU Constitution that guarantee that all citizens are treated equally, irrespective of ethnic origins, with their human rights fully guaranteed.

Nothing more needs to be said, except that The Cyprus Weekly welcomes this week's launching of the new non-party Movement for "A European Future for Cyprus,'' (see report on this page) with the sole aim of promoting a settlement based on the EU Acquis and respect for International Law."