OXI ! NO !
united in loathing of the Annan plan
By Staff Reporter
Cyprus Mail 20/4/2004
opposition to the UN-brokered plan for a settlement on the island, pledging
their support for President Tassos Papadopoulos’ decision to reject the plan.
The Greek-American community has been particularly active, canvassing for a rejection of the Annan plan in Cyprus and a change in US policy. Recently, 20 Greek-American organisations addressed a letter to US President Bush, voicing concerns over the proposed solution and urging that no pressure should be exerted on the Cypriot people ahead of the referenda.
AHEPA, one of the strongest organisations in America, has co-signed a declaration addressed to President Papadopoulos, pledging support for his rejection of the Annan plan and efforts to achieve a future solution “within the European framework, a solution that is viable and workable…”
Lobbyists are also urging Greek-American congressmen to use their influence in changing the US stance toward the Cyprus issue.
And Greek News, a Greek-American weekly, has been carrying reports and opinion pieces invariably denouncing the UN plan.
Meanwhile in Britain, a running poll conducted by local Greek Cypriot newspaper Eleftheria showed a resounding rejection of the Annan plan by expatriates; a sweeping 95 per cent are against the proposed solution. Pundits explained that the main reason was a large number of Cypriot expatriates living in Britain are refugees from the 1974 invasion.
Some 250,000 Greek Cypriots currently reside in Britain; the community is highly involved politically. Most Cypriot parties have branches in the larger cities in England.
For their part, the Greek community in Australia have urged their countrymen back home to “shout a resounding ‘no’ in the referendum.” Dozens of organisations have co-signed a letter addressed to President Papadopoulos, congratulating him for his April 7 address to the nation. “Your realism, directness, arguments and clarity of thought… helped us better understand the need for self-respect and that there are limits to any compromise,” read the letter.
OXI ! NO !
to the Annan Plan