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President Christofias informs UN Security Council permanent members on Cyprus question
2009-09-29 14:29:30

New York, Sep 26 – The President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias outlined the positions of the government and his assessment about the first round of the UN-led direct talks aiming to solve the Cyprus problem during a working lunch with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

President Christofias stressed that the UN’s mission is the implementation of the organization’s resolutions, and noted that the UN officials have to work on this basis. He also made clear that there can be no “tight and suffocating timetables and arbitration.”

President Christofias reaffirmed his commitment for a settlement. “It is not only Mr. Talat who needs a solution. We are anxious about the solution to the Cyprus problem, because it is our country that is under occupation, because it is our country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty that are being violated by Turkey, in spite of numerous UN resolutions. It is our compatriots who are refugees in their own country, including myself. We are anxious because of the presence of more than 160,000 settlers in Cyprus,'' he said.

He noted that joint action with the Turkish Cypriot leader is needed on the basis of the common Cypriot ownership of the negotiations, “so that we will speak the same Cypriot language, and so that we oblige the foreigners to respect all the people in Cyprus, and reconsider their stance about the settlement.”

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, President Christofias held bilateral meetings in New York with numerous heads of state and government and foreign ministers, whom he briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and raised issues concerning the international support of the Republic of Cyprus.

President Christofias also met with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.

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