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Parties denounce Ban’s bias

Espen Barth Eide's activity has also been called into question

By George Psyllides

As expected, political parties expressed disapproval for the UNSG’s report.

Ruling DISY said it was especially concerned by the fact that Bank Ki-moon appeared to adopt the Turkish positions regarding the “so-called” Turkish Cypriot isolation.

“Once more we must categorically reject such claims,” DISY said, blaming problems the Turkish Cypriots may experience on the continued Turkish occupation of the island’s north.

The party also said it was Turkey’s arbitrary and illegal activity inside Cyprus’ EEZ that caused a problem.

“Above all, the UN must protect their own Convention on the Law of the Sea, and international legality,” DISY said.

Opposition AKEL said the report was not balanced and rightly prompted feelings of disappointment and concern.

The party said there was no criticism of Turkey’s violations, a stance that did not help diffuse the crisis, but also encouraged Turkey to continue to provoke.

AKEL also noted the appearance, after several years, of phraseology regarding the Turkish Cypriot community.

“Reasonable questions arise by the reference to removal of the isolation and restrictions that impede the Turkish Cypriot community’s economic development,” the party said.

It added that such unfortunate references only served to foment divisive tendencies among Turkish Cypriots.

DIKO chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said the report “was another blow to President Nicos Anastasiades’ policy of unilateral concessions and the illusion that Turkish behaviour can be appeased.”

Papadopoulos said the policy of “generous offers” has failed.

Instead of recording the realities in Cyprus, which are the continuing Turkish invasion and the Turkish provocations inside the Cypriot EEZ, Ban’s concern was the “so-called Turkish Cypriot isolation,” Papadopoulos said.

EDEK said it was surprised to see the matter of the so-called isolation reappear after seven years, voicing concern about the way UNSG’s special envoy Espen Barth Eide exercised his duties.

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