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Media Watch 2005

14 January 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 14 January 2005.
Cyprus state's survival ensured by Annan Plan rejection – Tassos
"The rejection in the April 24 referendum was "an act of self defence against the specific proposal for the dissolution of the Cypriot state," the President said"

IN his strongest and clearest denunciation of the Annan Plan to date, President Papadopoulos said that its rejection by the Greek Cypriot side ensured the survival of Cyprus as a unified state.

The rejection in the April 24 referendum was "an act of self defence against the specific proposal for the dissolution of the Cypriot state," the President said.

He was speaking during Wednesday night's presentation of a book by Panayiotis Persianis on "The Legitimisation of the Cypriot State."

He said that: "The 'no' by the huge majority of the people was a conscious act of resistance to the attempt towards the dissolution of the Cypriot State and for a political arrangement that would not have led to the reunifcation of our country, but on the contrary would have perpetuated the division of the geographical space, the economy, society and the authority of the state.

"It was not, as I have repeatedly declared, a rejection of the settlement of the Cyprus problem and the reunification of our country. It was an affirmation of the protection and the legitimacy of the Cypriot State. It was an affirmation for a viable and functional settlement and a rejection of this specific Plan that perpetuates and entrenches for ever and irrevocably the partition of the state and society.''

The President said the book by Persianis is a very serious study "that contributes to the strengthening of our self-respect and pride as citizens of a European state that struggles for the reunification of our small country, without having to continue worrying about the legitimacy of its existence and prestige.''

In his brief address, the president admitted that while he had opposed the acceptance of the 1960 Independence Treaty from British colonial rule, he would support it today in view of the developments of the intervening years."