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Ledra Street issue to be on Security Council's agenda
2005-12-02 15:07:11

Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou stated today that nothing regarding the issue of Ledra Street in Nicosia is mentioned in the UN Secretary General's report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), because those facts are very recent and will be included in the next report.

Iacovou said next week the Security Council will discuss the report and that the issue of Ledra Street is expected to be on the Security Council agenda by the UN Secretary General or his representative, probably the Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs.

Referring to the same issue, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides stated that, since the government withdrew its consent for the reopening of Ledra Street, UNFICYP should had intervened to stop the works of the Turkish occupying forces in the area.

Iacovou expressed his conviction that it would be difficult to find a proper solution, because of the Turkish military plans to construct a bridge, while talks are going on for a surface crossing.

That action, Iacovou said, is a violation of the status quo and cannot be legitimate with the government's consent.

The Government Spokesman said the US Embassy's announcement on the issue is unacceptable as regards its substance and phraseology. ''What President Papadopoulos has said is exactly precise,'' Chrysostomides added.

The Turkish forces' effort ''is what exactly the UN Secretary General concludes in his report and that is the expanding of the occupation into the neutral zone and especially the expanding in the Ledra area up to Kykkos Street, taking perhaps into consideration the line provided by the Annan plan.''

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