Strategy change needed, parties say on Annan plan anniversary

Strategy change needed, parties say on Annan plan anniversary

Former president George Vassiliou was one of the few politicians to support the plan

AS Friday marked the eleventh anniversary of the Annan plan referendum, which saw Greek Cypriots reject the UN Secretary General’s plan to settle the Cyprus problem with a resounding 76 per cent, political parties redeployed old arguments and tried to draw parallels with the imminent resumption of talks.

Ruling DISY, the only party – along with then junior coalition partners United Democrats – to have supported the Annan plan in the run-up to the referendum, said that while it fully respects the 2004 result, it points out that the “wound of occupation and division” remains open, and pledges to contribute towards finding a mutually acceptable settlement.

“With respect to the 2004 decision, the Democratic Rally has been trying since to promote policies that can lead to a qualitatively different, but certainly acceptable, agreement for a settlement,” the party said in a statement.


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