UN makes new move on Cyprus

LONDON (AP) – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday asked the president of Cyprus to list his objections to a UN plan to reunite the divided island, so that the dispute could be resolved. President Tassos Papadopoulos last year rejected Annan’s plan to reunify the island and the proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by Greek Cypriots in an April referendum, in which the Turkish Cypriots voted for the UN blueprint. Annan, who is on a visit to London, told a news conference it would be helpful if Papadopoulos listed his objections to the plan before talks resumed. Papadopoulos «has had a chance to talk to his people and to think through,» Annan said. «I would urge (Papadopoulos) to really put his views on paper, the changes he would want to have. It will be helpful for anyone who is going to begin discussions or resumption of talks,» he added. «A proposal was on the table, he had objections to it and a detailed list of his objections would help.»