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Cyprus President relies on UNSG for preparation of talks, as Turkey reacts negatively towards the UN's Special Representative
2006-03-16 12:01:43

Nicosia, Mar 14 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's position is explicit and outlined in the joint communique issued after the Paris meeting, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said, adding that the Greek Cypriot side relies on Mr. Annan to make every effort so that talks on Cyprus are well prepared.

''Without Turkey's consent and cooperation he (the UN SG) cannot go on,'' Mr. Papadopoulos stressed.

However, Turkey has rejected a request by UN Secretary General Special Representative to Cyprus Michael Moller to visit Ankara.

Undersecretary to the President Christodoulos Pashiardis said that every UN special representative cannot always have the approval and be liked by Ankara.

“I truly do not know whether Ankara is reacting to the specific person or possible it has reasons to react, maybe due to what was agreed during the recent meeting of the President of the Republic and the UN SG in Paris”, he added.

In any case, Mr. Pashiardis also said, “every special representative cannot have the partiality and approval of Ankara, unless Ankara wants the Special Representative to the UN to exclusively serve its interests”.

The joint communique issued after the meeting between President Papadopoulos and Mr. Annan on February 28 noted that ''the leaders of both communities have agreed that bicommunal discussions on a series of issues, agreement on which is needed for the benefit of all Cypriots, will be undertaken at the technical level''.

The communique also noted that ''the Secretary General and Mr. Papadopoulos also agreed that it would be beneficial for all concerned and would greatly improve the atmosphere for further talks if progress could be achieved on further disengagement of forces and demilitarisation of the island, on the complete de-mining of Cyprus and on the issue of Famagusta.''

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