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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-05-23

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    Cyprus` Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis, in a letter to the UN Secretary General, restores the truth as regards the distortion of Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos` position regarding the issue of a federal solution by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, an official press release issued here said.

    Mavroyiannis said that Talat`s letter of 8 May 2006 ``makes various incorrect assertions and draws distorted conclusions about the content of an interview of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos, which was published in the French Magazine L` Express on 4 May 2006.``

    The Cypriot diplomat noted that Talat took out of its context a phrase and jumped into the precipitous conclusion that the Greek Cypriot leadership rejects ``the settlement parameters set in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, the conclusions of the 1977-1979 Summit meetings agreed on between the leaders of the two sides.``

    Mavroyiannis included in his letter the paragraph from which the said phrase ``was arbitrarily extracted`` and noted that ``it comes out that what the President of the Republic of Cyprus said during his interview to the magazine L` Express was the exact opposite of what Mr. Talat so inadvertently claimed.``

    ``In fact and as reiterated on several occasions, the Greek Cypriot side remains committed to a fair and sustainable resolution of the Cyprus problem, which will be mutually and freely agree by both communities, and `based on a state of Cyprus with a single sovereignty and international personality and a single citizenship, with its independence and territorial integrity safeguarded, and comprising two politically equal communities as described in the relevant Security Council resolutions, in a bicommunal and bizonal federation` pursuant to Security Council resolution 939 (1994),`` he added.

    Mavroyiannis also noted that the letter was circulated as a document of the General Assembly and the Security Council, upon a request of the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, ``whose country continues to defy, instead of implementing, relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), by which the Council considered the declaration which purported to create an independent state in northern Cyprus as legally invalid, called for its withdrawal and called upon all states not to recognise the purported state of the `Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus` set by secessionist acts, and not to facilitate or in any way assist the aforesaid entity.``

    ``We hope that Mr. Talat, instead of engaging in fallacious and unfounded assertions, will at last realise that it is now more than ever imperative to adopt a constructive approach, taking into account the legitimate concerns of all Cypriots, and allow the cautious but promising approach adopted by the UN, in the aftermath of Paris meeting between President Papadopoulos and the Secretary-General of the UN, to move forward in order to prepare, through technical discussions, the ground for the full resumption of the good offices mission of the Secretary General and of meaningful negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus problem,`` he concluded.


    The Cypriot government has expressed satisfaction regarding the impeccable parliamentary elections, which took place yesterday, and especially for the proper behaviour of the citizens both during the pre-election period and the elections themselves.

    ``The controversies and tension we saw in the past among the candidates, especially on the day of the elections, did not appear, they have totally disappeared in these elections and we welcome this,`` Government Spokesman George Lillikas said.

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