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Ambassadors warned over visits to the north

Ozdil Nami

By George Psyllides
THE GOVERNMENT on Saturday told ambassadors to respect the Republic after foreign diplomats attended meetings in the Turkish occupied areas with an official of the breakaway state.
Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said ambassadors must respect their host country and the United Nations resolutions that concern it.
His comments were in response to the presence of foreign ambassadors accredited to the Republic of Cyprus, in lunches hosted by Ozdil Nami, ‘foreign minister’ of the internationally unrecognised breakaway state in the north.
“The whole issue will be discussed during a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on Monday, with a view to decide on measures,” Christodoulides told the Cyprus News Agency.
Diplomatic missions in Cyprus will be informed about these measures, he added.
Christodoulides said the government did not object to meetings between representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community and foreign diplomats as part of efforts to help make headway towards a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus problem, provided such encounters do not in any way suggest any kind of recognition or upgrading of illegal institutions in the north.
This month, Nami hosted two lunches attended by ambassadors at a hotel in the north, posting photos of himself and the diplomats on social media.

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