Monday, April 26, 2004
Cyprus Rejects Annan Reunification Plan; U.N. To Withdraw| |
Greek Cypriots on Saturday soundly defeated a U.N. reunification plan proposed by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, scuttling the possibility that a unified Cyprus will join the European Union on May 1 and angering EU leaders, who promised the Turkish Cypriots that their approval of the reunification plan would not go unrewarded.Now that's real commitment on the U.N.'s part, huh? That'll show 'em! The U.N. doesn't get what it wants, so it grabs up its toys and runs away like a toddler having a temper tantrum. Nice.
Official results of the referendums on Saturday showed Turkish Cypriots favoring the plan, 64.9 percent to 35.1 percent. Greek Cypriots voted against reunification — 76 percent had voted "no" with 96 percent of the votes counted...
[U.N. Special Adviser for Cyprus Alvaro] De Soto also announced the closure of the U.N. office on the island on Saturday, saying that "a unique and historic chance to resolve the Cyprus problem has been missed" and that Annan would be giving "careful thought to the implications" of the poll.