Cyprus Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nicos Emiliou has made representations to the Director of the Office of the United Nations Secretary General, Susana Malcorra, over UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s statements.
Comments Ban made on Cyprus were interpreted as blaming the Greek Cypriots for a delay in negotiations, and the ‘downgrading’ of Cyprus from a UN member state to a ‘community’.
On Saturday Ban said of the Cyprus talks: “Unfortunately, these negotiations [were] suspended because of a change of government in the Greek Cypriot community of Cyprus. After that, there was an economic crisis. This kind of a political and economic situation has not been helpful in resuming the negotiations”.
Emiliou met late on Monday with Malcorra on the instructions of Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
Diplomatic sources told the Cyprus News Agency that Malcorra “noted the representations and reaffirmed the good intentions of the UN Secretary General, as well as his dedication and commitment to the process of resolving the Cyprus problem”.
Asked about the concerns raised in Cyprus following the Secretary General’s statement, spokesman for the Secretary General Martin Nesirky urged the reporter “to take a close look at the transcript of what the Secretary-General actually said”.
“I think that would help clear up some of the confusion that has been created and that’s really all I have to say on that at the moment,” he said.