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Cyprus regrets progressive erosion of solution basis by Turkey
2005-07-07 11:22:36

Nicosia, Jul 7 -- The Republic of Cyprus is determined to continue work towards a solution that will meet the hopes and expectations of both communities, for a common future for all Cypriots, free of outside interference, stressed Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations Andreas Mavroyiannis in a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The Ambassador's letter dated 29 June, which circulated as a document of the General Assembly, refers to a letter dated 31 May 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Umit Pamir addressed to the UN SG, containing Ankara's proposals.

In his letter, upon instructions from the Cyprus Government, Mavroyiannis expressed regret that ''this long-standing agreed basis for a Cyprus settlement is progressively being eroded by Turkey's consistent aim of promoting a secessionist entity in the occupied part of Cyprus, consolidating the faits accomplis and disclaiming all responsibility for the ongoing violations of human rights in Cyprus emanating from the de facto partition of the island''.

Mavroyiannis added that the assumption presented in the letter, that the rejection of the Annan Plan by the Greek Cypriot community and the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union have created an entirely new situation, ''is not an honest assessment of the existing reality, but rather is a selective and misleading interpretation, serving a political agenda''.

Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said in Nicosia that the positions expressed in Pamir's letter prove Ankara's insistence on a divisionist policy on Cyprus and on two separate states and governments, a stance which damages the efforts for a comprehensive solution and reunification of the island.

''Cyprus remains committed to a fair and sustainable resolution of the Cyprus problem, which will be mutually and freely agreed by both communities'', Mavroyiannis stressed, indicating UN Security Council Resolution 939 which notes that a solution must be based ''on a State of Cyprus with a single sovereignty and international personality and a single citizenship, with its independence and territorial integrity safeguarded''.

Mavroyiannis further described as disturbing, Turkey's attempt to use as a pretext the need to improve the economic situation of the Turkish Cypriot community, ''which is strongly supported and pursued both by the international community and the Government of Cyprus'', in order to upgrade an illegal secessionist entity and secure its military presence on the island.

Mavroyiannis continued:

"The argument put forward by the Turkish side, that Turkish Cypriots continue to face difficulties arising from the ongoing so-called political, economic, cultural and social 'isolation', although they have fulfilled their responsibilities by voting in favor of the Annan Plan, is baseless'', he said, adding that ''both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots fulfilled their responsibilities by freely and democratically expressing their views on the specific plan''.

Moreover, what is erroneously described as ''isolation'' of the Turkish Cypriots is nothing more than the consequence of the illegal occupation of Cyprus and its subsequent division, which is, to this day, sustained by military means, and the refusal of the Turkish leadership to comply with principles of international law, established rules and procedures and decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

As regards Turkey's so called ''concrete initiative for paving the way to reaching a just, durable and comprehensive solution'', Mavroyiannis said: ''At a time when utmost restraint and caution are required in order to reach common ground on maintaining efforts to achieve a solution, the pursuit of such views reveals Turkey's insistence on its well-known separatist positions and its refusal to cooperate for the benefit of all Cypriots''.

He added that the Republic of Cyprus remains committed to striving for the economic development, the welfare and the respect of the human rights of all its citizens, in all areas, without discrimination and that ''despite the difficulties faced by the de facto division of the island, the Government of Cyprus spares no effort in facilitating for Turkish Cypriots their benefit of all services of the Republic and the European Union''

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