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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-04-16

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] UN - CYPRUS
  • [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS
  • [03] FM - PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE

  • [01] UN - CYPRUS

    The UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Michael Moller is currently at UN headquarters in New York for consultations.

    Moller is expected to brief UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe on the results of his talks in Cyprus and to discuss ways of breaking the current deadlock, which appears impossible in the light of the pre-election climate in Turkey.

    Pascoe had the opportunity to receive a first hand briefing on the views of Rasit Pertev, representative the Turkish Cypriot leader, during a meeting last week in New York. Pertev appeared especially intransigent, raising the issue of lifting the so called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.

    Despite the negative stance of the Turkish side and its clear withdrawal from the principles of the July 8 agreement, the stance of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and his close associates is not clear.

    A well informed UN diplomatic source said that the dominant view at UN headquarters is that the two sides in Cyprus are not showing flexibility, they are rigid and are firing accusations at one another.

    The source noted that the United Nations do not see how there can be a breakthrough.

    A Greek diplomatic source said that the UN were keeping equal distances in such a clear violation of the agreement on behalf of the Turkish side, noting however that the United Nations were trying to downgrade the importance of a letter sent by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to the UN chief, saying that he was not trying to withdraw from the process but was merely expressing some ``bitterness.``

    The general view at the UN headquarters is that the Secretary General is not yet fully informed on international matters, even the most current ones, and thus has not formed a personal view.

    [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS

    Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias expressed hope that the position of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council on the July 8 Agreement, as expressed at a press release issued after a meeting of their Ambassadors is Cyprus, to constitute the official position of the international organization, without any concession due to the Turkish sides pretexts.

    Christofias briefed today a delegation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee, which will convene in Cyprus April 17-20.

    House President said the Indian head of the Executive Committee showed great interest in the situation in Cyprus and the developments in the Cyprus question and took a very positive position in favour of the struggle of the Cyprus people to reunite our country and people, on the basis of the UN resolutions, the international and the European law.

    Replying to a question on the Cyprus issue, Christofias said that unfortunately we are not in an agreeable position and added that the reconsideration which the Turkish side wants to proceed to concerning the July 8 agreement is a negative development and I believe that it burdens the Turkish side with the responsibility of a back-out, with the responsibility of intransigence and with the responsibility that its does not want now any procedure for a Cyprus settlement to move forward.

    [03] FM - PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE

    Cyprus accession to Partnership for Peace is not within the direct plans of the government, Foreign Minister George Lillikas said, adding that Cyprus has an excellent cooperation at the EU level with the organization.

    He added that such issues are decided according the facts which the government has at its disposal and according to the policy it follows in certain fields.

    Replying to questions as regards Cyprus accession to Partnership for Peace, Lillikas said that at this moment it is not within the direct plans of the government, we have however and maintain an excellent cooperation at the EU level with the organization and we participate to informal meetings between the NATO and the EU in the event of joint operations.

    Invited to say whether it is not within the governments plans, Lillikas said that things are decided on the basis of the facts which the government has at its disposal and on the basis of the policy it follows in certain fields.


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