Turkish Cyprus says UN Security Council bowed to pressure

UN Security Council's failure to adopt a report by the UN secretary-general in which he highlighted the need to end Turkish Cypriot isolation sparked harsh accusations from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Turkish Cyprus says UN Security Council bowed to pressure
The UN Security Council's failure to adopt a report by the UN secretary-general in which he highlighted the need to end Turkish Cypriot isolation sparked harsh accusations from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) that the council had bowed to pressure from other countries.

The council on Friday deplored the failure of Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to start negotiations to reunify Cyprus and urged both sides to immediately begin preparations for talks. In a resolution extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus until June 15, 2008, the council said that "the status quo is unacceptable, time is not on the side of a settlement and negotiations to reunify the island have been at an impasse for too long."

While recommending the extension of the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for another six months in his report to the council, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also said earlier this month that ending Turkish Cypriot isolation was important and emphasized that ending the isolation would not mean granting political recognition to the KKTC.

Yet Russia -- which has veto-power in the UN Security Council -- clearly assured Greek Cypriots last week that the recent report drawn up by Ban, which was harshly criticized by the Greek Cypriots, would not be included in the upcoming draft resolution to be adopted by the UN Security Council. KKTC Foreign Minister Turgay Avcı, in a written statement posted to news rooms on Saturday, said the council bowed to pressure from certain countries like Russia, which has been acting "like a spokesperson" for the Greek Cypriots in a milieu where Turkish Cypriots have not been represented. He also said the right address for the UN Security Council's appeal for returning to talks immediately should be the Greek Cypriots, as the Turkish Cypriot side has been constantly introducing proposals for a resolution.

All sort of peace attempts are destined to fail unless the inhuman isolation imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people is lifted, Avcı stressed. "The fact that these inhuman policies assumed by the Greek side are not openly rejected by both the European Union and the UN and that concrete steps for lifting these are not taken will lead to stiffening of already draconian policies of the Greek leadership, which doesn't want to give the right to live on the island to the Turkish Cypriots."

Cyprus has been divided between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish north since 1974, when Turkey militarily intervened after an abortive Athens-backed coup by supporters of union with Greece. In simultaneous referenda in 2004 a UN reunification plan was rejected by Greek Cypriot voters and accepted by Turkish Cypriots.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2007, 15:21
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