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Cyprus makes representations over UNSG's statement
2005-06-10 12:02:57

Nicosia, Jun 10 (CNA) -- Cyprus has made strong representations to the UN as regards UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's statement that he intends to table again before the UN Security Council his report issued after the Cyprus referenda in April 2004, aiming at its endorsement by the Council.

Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou said today that Annan's statement, after his meeting with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ''surprised us and was made untimely because there is a new process at which Annan himself referred.''

Iacovou said that as soon as he was informed about Annan's statements he gave instructions to Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis to make strong representations.

Iacovou said ''there was no reason for this statement, that I consider to be untimely and ineffective and which does not concentrate serious possibilities of being implemented or even no possibility of success.''

He noted that the report was tabled before the Security Council last year and after deliberations the Council decided to have a statement by its President saying that the Council took note of the report.

The Cyprus FM said that one explanation for Annan's statement is that Annan wanted to satisfy Erdogan, adding that ''we have already made a strong representation for this statement by the SG''.

Replying to questions, Iacovou said he did not think that this statement would definitely affect prospects for the resumption of talks, since the SG himself has referred in his statements to his efforts as regards Cyprus.

''We know that Prendergast (UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs) will brief the Security Council on June 22 and from my point of view this effort by the Secretary General will not be terminated now, it will continue, and the final decisions will not be taken now or during the summer, but in Autumn,'' he noted.

As regards Erdogan's meeting with US President George Bush, Iacovou said the Cyprus government has a different picture of what Erdogan said in his pressers or leaked to the press on the Turkish part.

He said that Erdogan and Bush said that during their meeting which lasted for 40 minutes they discussed in depth approximately eight issues, noting that ''it is most unlikely that those said to be discussed regarding the Cyprus problem were discussed.''

As regards the Turkish demand to lift the so-called Turkish Cypriots' isolation, Iacovou said that implications that the US will examine possibilities for direct flights to the airport in the Cyprus occupied areas became clearly from Turkish sources and are not substantiated by any other information.

He recalled that in the past US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice had said the US wanted to do a lot of things as regards this issue, but were taking into consideration international law restrictions.

Iacovou noted that Cyprus Airways for years now tried to launch once a week a flight to the US in cooperation with other foreign companies but that was not possible because the flight was unprofitable.

''Therefore I believe the situation is under control and the Foreign Ministry is following this issue at all levels, with governments, ICAO, Eurocontrol, the EU and everywhere,'' he added.

As regards deliberations at the UN Security Council, in view of the renewal of UNFICYP mandate, Iacovou said that deliberations on the resolution to be issued have already begun.

He said Britain has tabled a draft resolution and that there have already been some important improvements to the text.

''As always the text will improve even more during the next few days and I hope that it will satisfy us at the end,'' he noted.

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