United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Minas Hadjimichael has expressed the regret of the government of Cyprus that the positions taken by the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his address to the General Assembly are clearly disconnected, both in letter and spirit, with the ongoing efforts undertaken by the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.
Exercising the right of reply to the remarks made by Erdogan in the general debate of the 64th session of the General Assembly on 24 September 2009, Hadjimichael said in a statement that what is even more disconcerting is the fact that the Prime Minister of Turkey selectively recalls today his country’s role as guarantor power, only in relation to a so called “new partnership” in Cyprus, a notion that falls outside the agreed basis upon which the talks are being conducted.
The Prime Minister of Turkey attempts to introduce elements that are not part of the agreed process, such as arbitration and time tables, added. This is an attempt to alter the nature of the negotiations and would also endanger the end result of that process, which is to find a solution by the Cypriots and for the Cypriots, Hadjimichael stressed.
At the same time, the Prime Minister of Turkey has suggested that unless the solution to be found falls within specific conditions laid down by Turkey, then the UN and the international community should seek to “normalize” the status of the so called “TRNC”, he said.
“Turkey, which is currently serving on the Security Council, should be reminded that its role is to uphold international law and legality and not to call upon the international community, to upgrade an illegal entity that has been universally condemned by the UN Security Council itself”, Hadjimichael added.
According to him, instead of speaking of the so called “isolation” of the Turkish-Cypriot community, the Turkish Prime Minister should help the Turkish-Cypriots by allowing the leader of that community to arrive at a solution that would guarantee the legitimate rights of the people of Cyprus, Greek-Cypriots, Turkish-Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins.
The “isolation” that Mr. Erdogan refers to, is the direct consequence of the ongoing occupation of a substantial part of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkish troops, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN concluded.