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Govt. rejects Papadopoulos claims as falsehoods

DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos

The government on Friday rubbished claims made by Diko chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos that a restriction had been placed on the settlement rights of Greek Cypriots after a possible solution.

Papadopoulos even called President Nicos Anastasiades a liar when one of the two journalists challenged his claims.

“The president tells us one thing and he tells the people another,” the Diko chairman said on Thursday, speaking on #rik, a talk show hosted by the state broadcaster.

He claimed that after a solution, there will be a restriction on the number of Greek Cypriots returning under Turkish Cypriot administration. Together with the refugees, he said, only 20 per cent would be allowed to settle.

“There will be a restriction to the freedom of settlement, the same that was provided for in the Annan plan,” he said, adding that Anastasiades had also raised this in private meetings with other party leaders.

Challenged a couple of times by one of the journalists, who pointed out that the 20 per cent restriction applied to voting rights and not settlement, Papadopoulos said it was a lie.

“It’s a lie, this is a lie. There is a restriction,” he said.

The government responded on Friday morning, with deputy spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos describing the claims as “falsehoods.”

“The way certain people utter things knowing they are untrue is really shocking,” Papadopoulos said.

The spokesman said Anastasiades had never told party leaders privately, or in the national council, that only 20 per cent of Greek Cypriots would be allowed to settle under Turkish Cypriot administration.

“On the contrary, every time the matter is raised, every time one of the leaders voices these falsehoods at the national council, the president repeats that it is not true.”

Papadopoulos reiterated that each Cypriot citizen will be able to enjoy the four basic freedoms. The 20 per cent restriction only applied to voting rights, he said.

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