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UN official apologetic over UNDP fund
2006-01-17 11:36:26

Nicosia, Jan 17 - The UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus and chief of mission of the UN peacekeeping force on the island (UNFICYP), Mr. Michael Moller, appeared apologetic to Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou over the establishment of a UNDP trust fund to help the Turkish Cypriot community without discussing the matter with the Cypriot government.

Mr. Iacovou met Mr. Moller on Monday and discussed the trust fund issue with the UN official. ''Moller was especially apologetic. He assured that it was clearly a mistake and that it was wrong of UNDP not to have discussed the issue with the Cypriot government. This should have been done before setting up the trust fund,'' Mr. Iacovou said.

The Minister said Cyprus' Permanent Representative at the UN met on Monday with UNDP Director General Kemal Dervis, of Turkish origin, who ''assured they had no intention to use resources for the development of the Turkish Cypriot community without prior consultations with the Cypriot government.''

He added that Cyprus' Permanent Representative in Brussels met with the legal advisors of the European Commission and the EU Council, who clarified that ''the Committee cannot contribute amounts that have been lost due to the negativity of the Turkish side to cooperate on the financing regulation, namely the 120 million euros.''

''The potential of the Commission is a few thousand for emergencies. So if they expected to be given a large proportion of the 250 million euros they will be really disappointed,'' Mr. Iacovou pointed out.

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