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Spokesman Stephanou: We act in line with UN resolutions
2009-10-20 08:22:34

Nicosia, Oct 18 – The government has rejected criticism from the Turkish Cypriot side that at the current UN-led peace talks it operates outside the framework laid down by UN resolutions on Cyprus.

“The Greek Cypriot side operates on the basis of UN resolutions, during the ongoing peace talks, and nobody can question that,” Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has stressed, in response to Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat’s claims that the Greek Cypriot side does not adhere to the UN framework.

The Spokesman called on the Turkish Cypriot side to act in the same manner, if it wishes to find a negotiated settlement in Cyprus, to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

He explained that the UN describes the framework for a solution to the Cyprus problem in their resolutions, which are the guiding principles for the UN, noting that many resolutions state that the Cyprus solution will be a bizonal bicommunal federation, with political equality as defined by UN resolutions, in a federal state with a single sovereignty, one citizenship and one international personality.

This, he said, “has been agreed and reaffirmed by the leaders of the two communities before the talks began” in September 2008 and both sides are called to operate within this context and table their proposal on this basis.

When asked to comment on Mr. Talat’s remarks suggesting that Greek Cypriot refugees will not be given back their properties currently under Turkish occupation, Spokesman Stephanou pointed out that the two community leaders have agreed during the first round of negotiations that those who owned property in 1964 - four years after the Republic of Cyprus was established when intercommunal fighting began - are the actual owners of such property and not the current occupants.

“Having agreed on this, we have to find ways and means to ensure that the owners are given back their property despite the disagreements have emerged. This is what we are seeking and we shall discuss this issue,” he added.

The Spokesman also said that if Mr. Talat’s comments have been correctly attributed to him, then they create a climate which is not helpful to the negotiating process.

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