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Nicosia Gives Its Consent for Appointment of New UNSG's Special Representative
2008-04-17 09:38:25

Nicosia, Apr 11 – The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has already given its consent to the appointment of Mr. Taye-Brook Zerihoun as the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus and Head of UNFICYP, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said.

Mr. Stephanou reaffirmed the Government’s readiness to continue to show good will and work for the settlement of the Cyprus question.

He also expressed hope that in the effort for a Cyprus settlement there will be a relevant response by the Turkish Cypriot side “with a view to fulfill the historic and political obligation to achieve a settlement in Cyprus as was noted by the President of the European Commission Mr. Barroso in his speech before the Turkish National Assembly.”

The Government Spokesman also welcomed statements by Mr. Barroso and Enlargement Commissioner Oli Rehn made during their visit in Turkey, describing them as “proper and constructive” adding that they show the need that Turkey fulfills its obligations towards the Republic of Cyprus and the need for Turkey to contribute to the achievement of a settlement that will respect the rights of citizens.”

“We hope and wish that the Turkish leadership will take the messages and with its position and policy will assist the achievement of a settlement that will vindicate the people of Cyprus,” the Spokesman noted.

Asked when Zerihoun is expected in Cyprus, the Spokesman said that the Government has not yet been notified about this but expressed the belief that he will arrive in about a month.

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