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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-06-29

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Tuesday, June 29, 1999


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/ Hercus to blame for shift in UN stance


THE CYPRUS problem has become the main news item once again, in the wake of the G8 document and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's report to Security Council.


_ accused UN representative in Cyprus Ann Hercus and the US of being behind Annan's new stance, which has caused concern among the island's government and political parties. Annan's latest comments and his report on Cyprus left the window open for a departure from federation as the basis for a settlement and introduction of confederation.

Government circles attributed Annan's new stance to the briefings he was receiving from Hercus and to the intentions of the US, which had repeatedly said that it was the substance of the settlement that mattered and not its name. The paper alleged that Hercus was influenced by the US and Britain, and that her links with the US were the reason the UN had promoted her to Special Representative to Cyprus.


_ claimed that Turkish diplomacy was working for the calling of a "quadripartite" meeting -- to be attended by Greece, Turkey and the two Cyprus communities -- as part of the US initiative. The paper claimed that Turkey wanted to deflect attention from the fact that it had rejected the G8 call and that Rauf Denktash had turned down the UN Secretary-general's call for talks.

The Turkish diplomatic move was being closely monitored by Athens. Although nothing had been said officially about such a meeting, it was expected to appear as an option when the efforts to get talks restarted were stepped up. It was not the first time that Ankara had tried to impose a quadripartite meeting in order to pre-empt other initiatives and safeguard the Cyprus status quo, it said.

_To Tharros

_ led with excerpts of an interview given by Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou to an Athens paper, in which he said that good relations between Greece and Turkey could be restored only if there was a Cyprus settlement. He did not rule out the possibility of taking some steps in order to improve relations with Turkey in the meantime.

Papandreou had been responding to a question suggesting that the Cyprus problem was determining Greek foreign policy. He explained that the problem would always affect Greek-Turkish relations, which was why a settlement was a necessity.


_ led with Akel's call to the Turkish Cypriots for a "common struggle" for a united Cyprus. The call was made in a message read at the 17th conference of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), in occupied Nicosia, which was attended by Akel leader Demetris Christofias.

In its message, Akel said that the lack of communication between the two communities and the absence of a substantive dialogue contributed to the maintenance of the status quo, "which cannot constitute the future of Cyprus". The RTP leader Mehmet Ali Talat supported a bizonal, bicommunal federation and urged Denktash to participate in the talks.


_ reported that the government had decided to go ahead with the liquidation of the Hellenic Chemical Industries, so as to put an end to scandal surrounding the company and in order to recoup some of the 50 million pounds it was owed by the company. The only asset of the company was the land on which its factory stood, but a large part of that belonged to Turkish Cypriots, it said.


_ published a letter from the Auditor-general Chrystalla Yiorkadji to the Finance Ministry, in which she criticised the time it took, after a tender invitation, for computers to be supplied to government departments. By the time the computers were delivered they had become obsolete, she said.

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