Foreign Ministry says UNSG’s reports on Cyprus follow the logic of equal distances

The UN Secretary-General’s reports on Cyprus follow a logic of equal distances, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release, noting that nothing other than the agreed framework should be encouraged or pursued or registered by the SG’s representatives on Cyprus.

The press release said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has carefully studied the contents of the reports submitted by the UN Secretary General on his Good offices Mission and UNFICYP in Cyprus.

In the past, it said, “we had communicated to the UN representatives in Cyprus and New York that we were expecting an objective and accurate record of the state of affairs in Cyprus over the last six months.”

It noted that this would presume, among other things, “that both reports would be clear on the need for both sides to show commitment and compliance and the SG himself, in the efforts for the resumption of negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem, under the agreed framework and based on the UN Security Council resolutions.”

“We would have expected the SG to point out those who are attempting to upgrade the secessionist entity in the occupied areas and at the same time trying to impose new fait accomplis against Cyprus and its people and not to follow the logic of equal distances when referring to escalating rhetoric, which results to no common ground between the two sides. The Republic of Cyprus cannot be equated with the rhetoric of Ertugruloglu, Tatar and Ankara officials”, the ministry underlined.

The only common ground that should be directing the parties and constitute the institutional framework for resolving the Cyprus problem is the agreed basis for a solution and the UN resolutions which the UNSG himself said they should be faithfully adhered to.

Nothing other than the agreed framework should be encouraged or pursued or registered by the UNSG’s representatives, the Ministry indicated.

It is obvious that to be objective, the Reports must not include subjective opinions and/or assessments of the SG’s representatives that are not confirmed by the facts, the Ministry added.

In any case, the FM said, the results of the recent so-called municipal elections in the Turkish occupied areas point out that Turkish Cypriots do not share Ankara’s views for a two-state solution.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the statement added, looks forward to the conclusion of the discussions for a Security Council resolution renewing UNFICYP’s mandate, which also acts as an institutional guide for the presence and function of UNFICYP in Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The latest round of peace talks under the UN aegis took place in the summer of 2017 in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, but failed to yield any results.

Source: Cyprus News Agency