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Turkish Cypriot side distorts Cyprus President's position on reunification
2006-05-23 11:42:15

Nicosia, May 23 - Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis, in a letter to the UN Secretary General, restores the truth as regards the distortion of Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos' position regarding the issue of a federal solution by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

Mr. Mavroyiannis said that Mr. Talat's letter of 8 May 2006 ''makes various incorrect assertions and draws distorted conclusions about the content of an interview of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos, which was published in the French Magazine L' Express on 4 May 2006.''

The Cypriot diplomat noted that Mr. Talat took out of its context a phrase and jumped into the precipitous conclusion that the Greek Cypriot leadership rejects ''the settlement parameters set in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, the conclusions of the 1977-1979 Summit meetings agreed on between the leaders of the two sides.''

Mr. Mavroyiannis included in his letter the paragraph from which the said phrase ''was arbitrarily extracted'' and noted that ''it comes out that what the President of the Republic of Cyprus said during his interview to the magazine L' Express was the exact opposite of what Mr. Talat so inadvertently claimed.''

''In fact and as reiterated on several occasions, the Greek Cypriot side remains committed to a fair and sustainable resolution of the Cyprus problem, which will be mutually and freely agree by both communities, and 'based on a state of Cyprus with a single sovereignty and international personality and a single citizenship, with its independence and territorial integrity safeguarded, and comprising two politically equal communities as described in the relevant Security Council resolutions, in a bicommunal and bizonal federation' pursuant to Security Council resolution 939 (1994),'' he added.

Mr. Mavroyiannis also noted that the letter was circulated as a document of the General Assembly and the Security Council, upon a request of the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, ''whose country continues to defy, instead of implementing, relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

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