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Cyprus briefs foreign diplomats on peace talks deadlock
2003-03-17 18:41:06

Nicosia, Mar 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou has briefed all ambassadors of the UN Security Council member-states accredited to Cyprus, on the failure of the UN efforts in The Hague earlier this month to resolve the Cyprus issue because of the Turkish side's negative stance.

An official press release issued here today said Iacovou called upon the ambassadors' countries to blame through the Security Council Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Turkey for the collapse of the Cyprus talks.

The Cypriot minister also met with the ambassadors of the EU member- states in Nicosia.

Moreover, Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Sotos Zackheos met with his counterparts of the UN Security Council member- states, to brief them on Cyprus' positions, stressing that the responsibility for the deadlock lies exclusively to the Turkish side and the blame should be allocated accordingly.

All Cyprus ambassadors abroad acted on the same line in the countries they are accredited to. |

UN efforts to secure a settlement and reunite the country, based on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's peace proposal, collapsed last Tuesday when Denktash said he was not prepared to agree to a referendum on the UN plan and raised fundamental objections to basic points in it.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/AAR/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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