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Hannay's termination of term ''a british internal issue'', says goverment
2003-06-04 09:21:44

Nicosia, Jun 4 (CNA) The Cyprus government considers the termination of Lord David Hannay's term as Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus an internal issue for Great Britain, and it is satisfied that this does not indicate a weakening of the British government's interest in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announced the termination of the British envoy's tenure and thus Hannay's office will close and "the UK will not have a special representative for Cyprus".

"If future developments show that the existence of a special representative is necessary, the issue will be re-examined", the Spokesman added.|

Asked how the government views this development, the Spokesman said it "is an internal matter for Great Britain" adding that the government is "satisfied by the statement that it does not imply a lessening of the British interest to contribute in efforts to promote a solution to the Cyprus problem".

Chrisostomides said the issue "has no substantial effect in efforts to promote procedures to solve the Cyprus problem".

He noted that as Straw's statement before the House of Commons said, “the Cyprus problem remains within the framework of the UN”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory. The most recent effort to reach a settlement on the basis of the Annan plan collapsed due to the stance of the Turkish side.

CNA/KN/EC/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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