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Cyprus makes strong representation over US human rights report
2005-03-03 11:48:13

Nicosia, Mar 3 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Sotos Zackheos has made strong representations to the US embassy Attache in Cyprus, Edwin Nolan, with regard to the 2004 US State Department report on human rights in Cyprus.

An official press release said Zackheos described the report unacceptable and not objective both in relation to its content and to the way it presents the Republic of Cyprus in two parts, with the second entitled ''Northern Cyprus'', that deals with the Turkish occupied northern part of the country.

He also said the report was full of inaccuracies and omissions, on purpose, and underlined that it explicitly serves political expediencies, something that affects its impartiality, as he noted.

The report undermines the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus, upgrades the secessionist entity and ignores on purpose the military occupation of one third of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey as well as the massive violations of the human rights of the people of Cyprus.

Zackheos referred to the rejection of the report by all political parties in Cyprus, pointing out that it has deepened the feelings of bitterness and disappointment of the Greek Cypriots for the US.

Nolan said he will convey the views of the Cyprus Government to the State Department.

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