No change in Annan's view on Cyprus deadlock responsibility
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Nov 18 (CNA) - UN Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe referred to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's report to the Security Council in April, replying to a question by CNA whether there a was a change as to which of the parties involved in the Cyprus issue is responsible for the failure of UN chief's good offices mission.
''The answer to that question is contained in the Secretary General's report of 1st April 2003 which outlines the views of the parties that have not substantially changed since then'', Okabe said.
In his April report to the Security Council, Annan said that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash informed him ''that he was not prepared to agree to put the plan to referendum'', adding that ''he had fundamental objections to the plan on basic points''.
Replying to a question by CNA regarding the status of the UN Secretary General's good offices mission on Cyprus, Okabe again referred to Annan's report to the Security Council for the UN operation in Cyprus for the period from 21 May to 10 November 2003, in which he expresses regret that the requirements set down in the April report have not yet been fulfilled.
''It remains my position that no purpose would be served by renewing my Mission of good offices unless there was a readiness on the part of both Cypriot parties, as well as Greece and Turkey, to finalise negotiations with UN assistance on the basis of the revised proposal that I presented to the parties and the guarantor powers on the 26th of February 2003 and put the resulting agreement to separate simultaneous referendums within a short time thereafter'', Annan notes.