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Government issues note verbale over ambassadors’ meetings

Turkish Cypriot 'foreign minister' Ozdil Namil

The foreign ministry has sent foreign ambassadors a note verbale concerning meetings with officials of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, it was reported on Tuesday.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the note verbale sets the framework regarding contacts between foreign ambassadors and Turkish Cypriot officials.

The note was 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 details of the note verbale were not made public though no restrictions were set in contacts with the Turkish Cypriot leader, the negotiator, and party chiefs in the north.

The government has said previously that it 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.

Nami hosted two lunches attended by ambassadors at a hotel in the north in June, posting photos of himself and the diplomats on social media.

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