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Kasoulides says unacceptable that ‘subjective views’ included in UN reports

Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on Friday said it was unacceptable that “subjective views” had been included in two UN reports by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that went “beyond objective facts”.

“We did not appreciate at all the introduction of subjective views in the two reports of the Secretary-General, one on his good offices mission and one on Unficyp,” Kasoulides, said.

He added that these subjective views “that allow not the Secretary-General, but those who advise the Secretary-General, to put us in the same boat in terms of rhetoric among the leaders of the illegal regime and Ankara.”

“I find it unacceptable, as well as the reason why they judge that there is a gap because of the rhetoric, as they say, on both sides,” Kasoulides said.

He added that as the report was being finalised, the results of the local elections in the Turkish occupied territories came in and the people spoke.

The ink on these reports had barely dried, the minister said, when the results of these local elections showed that Turkish Cypriots want rapprochement and are not in agreement with Ankara’s two-state policy.

Last week after the draft reports that projected a bleak outlook on the current state of affairs with regard to the Cyprus issue were circulated, President Nicos Anastasiades said the government was not satisfied at all with the draft and that diplomatic efforts were being made to make the necessary correction “so that what is recorded in the draft corresponds to reality, which at the moment the draft does not adequately express.”

Cyprus News Agency reported on Friday that UN Special Representative and head of Unficyp, Colin Stewart, is expected to brief the Security Council in New York on January 17, ahead of a resolution renewing the peace-keeping force’s mandate for another six months.

Greek Cypriot negotiator, Menelaos Menelaou, is also holding a series of consultations at UN headquarters. Deliberations are expected to last one to two weeks and the resolution is scheduled to be adopted by the end of the month, CNA said.

According to diplomatic sources, discussions revolve around the basis for a Cyprus solution, as well as Turkish violations amid a period of tension, following the release of reports on the UN’s mission in Cyprus.

In the coming days, the necessary consultations will be held between the member states for the Security Council resolution.

Diplomatic sources told CNA that the messages so far are encouraging in terms of reviving the political process and that the Security Council recognised the need to provide a framework for dealing with any resolutions adopted, in order to keep prospects alive.

Taking into account previous UN resolutions, the Security Council recognised the need to provide through the resolutions it adopts a framework within which it expects things to be dealt with in order to keep the prospect alive, the sources added.

“This understanding continues to exist. How exactly this understanding will be expressed, will become obvious after the resolution, the deliberations and the positions that will be submitted by the 15 members of the Security Council.”

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