03 February 2014 11:43

The government will be making representations to the UN over statements on the political situation in Cyprus made by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Munich.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that Nicosia was taking action over Ban’s statements that “unfortunately, these negotiations [were] suspended because of a change of government in the Greek Cypriot community of Cyprus”.
Kasoulides described the remarks as unfounded, pointing out that the talks were suspended in the summer of 2012 by the Turkish Cypriot leader when the Republic of Cyprus assumed the EU Presidency.
Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN will be filing a protest on the matter, the minister added.
“It is unfounded for the UNSG to claim that the talks were suspended because of the presidential elections.
The talks were halted by Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu eight months before the elections took place, on the pretext that Cyprus assumed the EU Presidency” Kasoulides said.
He noted then President of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias had publicly stated he was willing to continue the negotiations, regardless of Cyprus’ EU Presidency.
The Foreign Minister also said that Nicosia would be issuing demarches over the UN Secretary General’s reference to elections “in the Greek Cypriot community”.
“I am wondering how many years a Secretary General needs, at this specific post, to know the member states of the UN,” Kasoulides remarked.
Replying to a question, Kasoulides indicated that perhaps such issues are not as clear to the Secretary General as they are to other parties involved in Cyprus, adding: “I would like to believe that these statements were not made deliberately”.
“I would like to believe that these issues are not as clear to the UNSG as they are to those directly involved with Cyprus. We must acknowledge that the SG is engaged in very serious issues at the moment and if he was a bit more cautious and paying more attention, he would have avoided these mistakes. I don’t think these statements were made intentionally,” Kasoulides said.
The latest round of UN-backed talks began in 2008 but was suspended in the summer of 2012 by the Turkish side, when the Republic assumed the EU Presidency.
During the past weeks the UN have been meeting with the negotiators of the two communities with the aim of reaching agreement on a joint statement that would pave the way for the resumption of the talks.
President Anastasiades yesterday repeated that his government’s priority was the solution of the Cyprus Problem and the reunification of the island, rather than getting involved in negotiating tactics or a blame game.
Speaking in Nicosia at a Maronite church mass on the occasion of Saint Maronas’ celebration, the President said the people of Cyprus must support the reunification process so that the solution is viable, it can lead to prosperity, growth and stability for all.


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