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Cyprus makes representation to Britain over Straw's statements
2006-02-09 14:50:51

Nicosia, Feb 9 - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou made a representation today to British High Commissioner in Nicosia Peter Millet over recent statements by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw at the House of Commons.

An official press release said Mr. Iacovou expressed the intensive dismay of the Greek Cypriot side for Mr. Straw's statements and its disappointment for this continuous practice by the British Foreign Secretary.

The Minister outlined the Government's arguments on proposals by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul and the sensitivities of the Greek Cypriot side for the place where meetings with Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat must take place. It also said that this does not consist an effort to prevent meetings with the Turkish Cypriot community and its representatives, but a response to Turkish maneuvers to upgrade the illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied area.

He then referred to the non-adoption so far of the financing regulation for the Turkish Cypriots and indicated the British responsibilities for this, since primarily the United Kingdom and Turkey did not allow the approval of the regulation, despite proposals by Luxembourg's EU Presidency and Commissioner Mr. Olli Rehn.

The Minister also expressed disappointment over Mr. Straw's hints as regards the status quo and the danger of recognizing the pseudostate.

As regards the issue of Cyprus' accession to the EU, he explained that this happened thanks to great efforts by the Republic of Cyprus and its people, the firm support of Greece and EU member states as a whole, including the position of principles which Mr. Robin Cook, then UK Foreign Secretary, had maintained.

Regarding the issue of safeguarding the Cypriot displaced persons' right to ownership, the Cypriot minister expressed his dismay for the ''unfortunate reference'' by Mr. Straw, who tried to link compensations with negotiations.

He also posed the question whether the UK was ready to accept the non-implementation of the international and European law as it is expressed in the case of Cyprus with European Court of Human Rights and UN decisions.

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