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Nicosia irked by Hannay

NICOSIA (AP) – Cyprus has protested to Britain after an envoy said the Cypriot republic should be dissolved and replaced by a two-state partnership between the island’s «two peoples» from Greece and Turkey. Foreign Minister Yiannakis Cassoulides told reporters yesterday that he had protested to Britain over «unacceptable comments» made by Lord David Hannay, Britain’s special envoy to the war-divided Mediterranean island. «I protested formally over what we consider unacceptable comments by Lord Hannay,» Cassoulides said after meeting with British High Commissioner Lyn Parker. Hannay told a Turkish TV station last week that establishing a new «partnership» between the island’s «two peoples» was being seen as the way to settle the Cypriot dispute. A new «central state» would have limited powers, a new name and consist of two constituent states, he said. «It will be a completely different sort of Cyprus from anything we ever saw in the past. It will be one in which the two peoples will be masters in their own house,» he said.