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Media Watch 2004

20 February 2004
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 20 February 2004.
Movement re-emerges to raise 'public concern'
"...we will accept no settlement that is unfair and will make us second-class citizens in the European Union. What else is someone who cannot go and live in his or her own home?"

THE dormant Pancyprian Citizens Movement which strongly opposes a settlement based on the Annan Plan, reactivated itself this week to help raise “public concern.”
On Wednesday, some 150 “alarmed” citizens - including Diko MP Andreas Angelides and former Kyrenia Diko MP Rina Katselli - held an “open discussion” on the latest political developments at a Nicosia Hotel.

“We want to send out the message that we will accept no settlement that is unfair and will make us second-class citizens in the European Union. What else is someone who cannot go and live in his or her own home?” said the Movement’s Andis Christoforides.

This is the same Movement that had staged an angry demonstration outside the Presidential Palace last December when the National Council was meeting prior to their departure for Copenhagen for the EU Enlargement Summit.

The Cyprus problem was within touching distance of being solved at the time.

Anti-Annan protests were also made by occupied Kyrenia’s Municipality Board, which wants President Papadopoulos and the political leadership “to fight for the indisputable rights of not only Kyrenians but of all legal citizens of Cyprus.”

“A solution should be based on a solution compatible with the EU Acquis. What we (Greek Cypriot side) have agreed (in New York) is far from what was decided at the national Council,” they said in a statement.

Synod
The Holy Synod is also keeping a distance from a settlement based on the Annan Plan, yet stands by the President - for now.

“The Church of Cyprus has every right and every obligation to call on the people of Cyprus to vote against the Annan Plan if this violates human rights,” Paphos Bishop Chrysostomos said on Wednesday.

“But we are aware that the President is doing everything possible to secure a just solution,” he added.

Outspoken Kyrenia Bishop Pavlos was not as careful with his words as his fellow clergyman.

“Our political leadership bears huge responsibility for giving in too easily,” he said."