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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-02-01

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  • [01] UN Cyprus envoy responds to criticism

  • [01] UN Cyprus envoy responds to criticism

    The United Nations is focused on the substance of the Cyprus peace talks, the organisations top envoy on Cyprus has said, adding that this is an extraordinarily difficult issue. Speaking after a meeting with President Demetris Christofias, Alexander Downer said it was very constructive, adding that we are looking at how to move the process forward from here.

    Invited to comment on remarks by Greek Cypriot parties which consider him as persona non grata, he noted that it was not appropriate to get involved in politics or political debate. I can see that they are particularly picking up on some comments at a press conference at Greentree. I made it clear to anybody who is interested that obviously the United Nations fully recognizes the Republic of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus will hold the Presidency of the European Union for the second six months of this year. There is no question of that.

    Downer came under severe criticism for saying that the Greek Cypriots instead of the Republic of Cyprus a fully fledged EU member since 2004 - will hold the presidency of the EU Council, in the second half of 2012.

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