UN plan ‘not only solution’

NICOSIA (AFP) – Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos widened his country’s rift with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Washington and London yesterday by bluntly rejecting any new vote on a UN blueprint to unite Cyprus. Papadopoulos conceded that Nicosia was in open confrontation with the three over the massive Greek-Cypriot rejection of Annan’s reunification blueprint in an April 24 referendum. «The Annan plan as is, without undergoing changes, cannot be accepted or be put before a referendum again,» Papadopoulos told reporters here after returning from a trip to the United States where he met with Annan. «There is disagreement with Britain and the United States… Their position is that it’s the only plan that can lead to a settlement. I told the secretary-general it was not the only solution,» he added. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council voted yesterday to extend the mandate of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months.