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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-02-07

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said that the reply of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee to a request by the Cypriot government for guidance regarding the Cypriot-flagged ship ``Monchegorsk``, which docked at Limassol port, allegedly carrying weapons, is clear and final.

    The Committee is clear, the President said.

    Asked whether the Committee decision is final, the President replied I believe that it is final and we do not need to refer to the Committee again.

    I was not expecting them to give us instructions. We are a member state of the UN, a country with sovereign rights and I believe that the UNSC is treating us in a correct manner, he added.

    Asked why the ship must be controlled again, the Cypriot President said that if the government of Cyprus decides to keep the cargo, it has to know in full detail its contents.

    The Cypriot President also said that soon he would announce his decisions regarding the reply of the UN Committee on Cyprus request for guidance.

    The Committees reply was handed over last night to Cyprus UN Permanent Representative Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael by Japanese chairman of the Committee Ambassador Yukio Takasu.

    It has been alleged that the Cypriot-flagged ship, of Russian interests, which originated from Iran, was carrying arms and it was forced by a US military vessel to dock at Limassol port to have its cargo inspected, in order to establish whether there has been a breach of UN Security Council sanctions, as claimed.

    The Cyprus government has submitted to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee a report on the findings of two inspections of the cargo of the ship, conducted on January 29 and February 2 by a team of experts from the Republic of Cyprus.

    The Japanese presidency of the Sanctions Committee examined the report on the findings of the inspections of the cargo of ship and handed over its response.

    A member of the UN Security Council has said that the contents of the UN Committees reply remains confidential.


    If all of us remain consistent and guided by the agreements for a bi- zonal, bi-communal federation based on the UN resolutions for Cyprus and the principles of the International and European law as the two leaders and the two communities have agreed upon through all these years, then we will be able to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem, Stephanos Stephanou, Government Spokesman has said.

    Asked to comment on the Turkish Cypriot leaders statements, Stephanou stressed that the aim is a solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, that will end the Turkeys occupation in Cyprus, and will reunify the country, the people and the economy of the island. A state with one sovereignty, one citizenship and one international personality, and with two communities that will have the co-administration of the one and common state, he added.

    Invited to comment on the Turkish Foreign Ministers position regarding the treaties of guarantees and the need, as Turkish FM said, for these treaties to be part of the solution, the Spokesman pointed out that a member state of the European Union should feel secure within the Union.

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