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Mavroyiannis continues contacts in NY ahead of UNFICYP resolution

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis is continuing his contacts at UN headquarters in New York ahead of the adoption of the resolution for the extension of the mandate of UNFICYP for six more months, and the briefing of the members of the UN Security Council by the UNSG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, next week.

During the contacts the Greek Cypriot side has made clear the necessity that the UN “clearly and objectively” outlines the reasons for the state of affairs as regards the suspension of the negotiations.
President Nicos Anastasiades pulled out of the talks after Turkey’s decision to violate the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Last week, the government expressed great disappointment and dissatisfaction on the content of the UN Secretary General`s report on the activities of the United Nations in Cyprus covering the period from 21 June 2014 until 15 December 2014 and has made written and verbal representations at the highest level.
The government said that the report does not make a clear reference to the continued violations of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus.
On Thursday Mavroyiannis addressed an Informal Meeting on the Concerns of a Rise in Anti-Semitic Violence Worldwide, saying that the Republic of Cyprus had always been, and would continue to remain deeply committed to the fight against any form of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and related intolerance – including anti-Semitism through legislation, training and targeted policies.

Mavroyiannis said that the recent horrific attacks in Paris against the journalists of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and against individuals of Jewish faith in a Kosher supermarket “are just the tip of the iceberg of the alarming increase in the number of religious intolerance and violence worldwide”.

“It is my country’s firm belief that the international community must show a united front in addressing the fight against anti-Semitism and more generally against all acts of violence and hatred committed against any kind of religion or belief, race, or ethnicity,” he said.
“It is essential that the United Nations, which is the privileged forum for a global response to this global threat makes this fight of its utmost priorities. The global community should deal with this issue with determination and perseverance but without stigmatizing any community.”
Cyprus, he said, condemns attacks against peaceful faiths and reiterates its strong commitment to fight against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and all acts of violence against individuals from a specific religious or ethnic community on its territory, in the European Union, and more generally throughout the international community. (CNA)

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