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08 February 2008
Turkey raises discredited Annan Plan as Cyprus ‘solution’
Lobby for Cyprus notes with much disappointment that at the recent meeting of the Greek and the Turkish prime ministers, the matter of the discredited Annan Plan was raised again as the possible solution of the problem of the illegally occupied north of the island.

London – Lobby for Cyprus notes with much disappointment that at the recent meeting of the Greek and the Turkish prime ministers, the matter of the discredited Annan Plan was raised again as the possible solution of the problem of the illegally occupied north of the island.

“Although the Turkish PM did not specifically call for Annan as the solution,” said Lobby spokesman Theo Theodorou, “he said that the solution of the Cyprus problem should be based on that plan.” Theodorou said that the plan was overwhelming rejected by the Cypriots in the April 2004 vote, with a total of sixty seven per cent voting against. “This includes the “No” vote of the citizens of the Republic as well as the people living in the occupied north.”

Theodorou added that for the Turkish official to raise the idea of the rejected Annan is evidence of insincerity on Turkey’s part as well as an indication that Turkey really doesn’t want a solution.

“In this regard,” Theodorou added, “we must note that Turkey has also failed to live up to the terms of the Ankara Protocol and not only does not recognize the Republic but also refuses to allow use of its ports and airports for Cypriot ships 
and aircraft.”

In addition, Theodorou commented, “we have the fact that Turkey has taken no steps to implement the July 8, 2006, agreement which was to be the basis of joint discussions to seek a solution. 

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on 8 July 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of then UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. 

Despite the refusal of the occupying Turks to abide by that agreement, the Republic of Cyprus has been working to eliminate the self-imposed isolation of the north by enabling the people of the north to work in the Republic and take with them the higher wages of the Republic, and by issuing more than 35,000 Republic passports and identify papers to them so that they can enjoy the full benefits of EU citizens, including travel. In addition, the Republic has been spending millions of euros on investments and subsidies for the occupied north.

“Rather than mounting a false campaign about the so-called ‘isolation’ of the north,” Theodorou concluded, “it might be more beneficial if Turkey would remove its 43,000 man occupying army from the occupied north, take with it the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported in to the north to change its demographics which is against all international laws, and permit all refugees to return to their homes.”

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation dedicated to the reunification of the island of Cyprus.