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Monday, December 27, 2004

ekathimerini.com | UN Cyprus plan "can be revised"

"UN Cyprus plan �can be revised�
ANKARA (AP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Christmas Eve that a rejected United Nations plan to reunite Cyprus could be revised, and called for new efforts to solve the dispute.
Erdogan said that although UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan�s plan � which was rejected by the Greek Cypriots and backed by the Turkish Cypriots in an April 24 referendum � was not currently on the table, it could be revised.
�Okay then, we revise the Annan plan again,� he said. �It can come before us again if both sides agree.� He also indicated a new referendum could be held.
�Both sides (can) revise it and agree on it, then submit it to the people for approval,� Erdogan said. �I think all of us should move hand in hand. I believe that speeding up the peace process will be very beneficial.�
[While compelled by the European Union to sign a customs treaty with Cyprus by October 3 � when Turkey�s accession talks are to start � Ankara has ruled out formally recognizing Nicosia before a peace deal is struck.]"

ekathimerini.com | UN Cyprus plan �can be revised�