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UN Security Council to be briefed on Cyprus
2005-06-22 13:14:52

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Jun 22 (CNA)

Sir Kiran Prendergast, UN Under Secretary for political affairs, is to brief the Security Council later Wednesday on his trip to Nicosia, Athens and Ankara and inform Council members about Kofi Annan's thoughts for the future.

Diplomatic sources have said that Annan's report on Cyprus would be ''objective'', outlining events and the positions of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides.

They believe that as things stand at present the only thing the Secretary General could do with regard to the question of Cyprus is to announce the dispatch of envoys to the region to sound out the two sides.

The same sources suggest that the Secretary General is expected to be critical of the Greek Cypriot side for not prioritizing the points of disagreement with Annan's solution plan, which the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriot community rejected in a referendum last year.

The briefing, an open discussion, is scheduled for 1030 New York time and it will be followed by consultations behind closed doors, during which the 15 Council members are expected to outline their positions.

It is still unclear whether a statement would be issued after today's deliberations or whether some Council members would make public statements afterwards.

Annan's report is expected to note the wish of the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot side to have a previous report - of May 2004 - adopted by the Council, something the Secretary General had sought to do but was vetoed by Russia.

The May report was highly critical of the Greek Cypriot side in the period prior the April 2004 referendum, following talks between the two sides during which no negotiation took place. Annan acted as arbitrator during those talks and handed the two sides his solution plan to put to a referendum. Greek Cypriots rejected the plan by 76 per cent and Turkish Cypriots accepted it by 65 per cent.

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