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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 00-08-16

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  • [01] UN Special Rapporteur - Iraq - Interview
  • [02] UNFICYP - Financing
  • [03] Morphou - Protest - Petition
  • [04] Russia - UK - Cyprus peace effort

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    UN Special Rapporteur - Iraq - Interview

    By Maria Myles

    Nicosia, Aug 16 (CNA) -- UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Iraq, retired Cypriot Ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis, has prepared a draft report on the situation to be presented before the General Assembly in early October, following visits to Kuwait and London and contacts with US administration officials in Cyprus, and in view of a visit to France to discuss the impact of UN sanctions against Iraq.

    In an interview with CNA, Mavrommatis said it was imperative that he should visit Iraq for an on the spot investigation, adding that during his recent visits he dealt with the issue of missing persons in Kuwait. He stressed that his goal is to secure Iraq's cooperation in human rights issues so, through dialogue and persuasion, the situation in the country will improve.

    CNA MM/MA/2000


    UNFICYP - Financing

    Nicosia, Aug 16 (CNA) --The annual cost of maintaing the UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for the period July 2000 to end of June 2001 amounts to 43,422,065 US dollars, and nearly 14 m. is a voluntary contribution by the government of the Republic of Cyprus while Greece pledges 6.5 m. dollars.

    The UN General Assembly, which circulated Monday the resolution on the financing of UNFICYP as an official document, expressed regret at the absence of an adequate response to appeals for voluntary contributions and calls for full payment of assessed contributions.

    CNA MM/MA/2000

    [03] Morphou - Protest - Petition

    Nicosia, Aug 16 (CNA) -- The continuing Turkish occupation of Cyprus, including the Morphou area, on the north west, is an affront to civilised humanity, Morphou refugees stress in a petition they handed today to the representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council here, reiterating their determination to return home.

    Morphou refugees also expressed their disappointment and bitterness at the absence of any move to oust the Turkish occupation troops from Cyprus and allow the return of the legal owners to their homes, pointing the finger at the lukewarm stance the international community takes towards Ankara.

    CNA MK/MM/MA/2000

    [04] Russia - UK - Cyprus peace effort

    Nicosia, Aug 16 (CNA) -- Russia will work towards the end of the division of Cyprus in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, a position Moscow will press on with at the forthcoming millenium summit next month in New York, the country's Ambassador to Cyprus Vladimir Pavlinov has said.

    Commenting on UN-led efforts to bring about a negotiated settlement in Cyprus, British High Commission spokesman Jonathan Allen pledged support for the negotiating process as the way forward to get a solution, reiterating London's continuing interest in the peace effort and calling on all concerned to do all they can for peace.

    CNA MM/MCH/2000
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