UN envoy denies "conspiracy" to impose Cyprus solution

09:46, October 14, 2010      

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The United Nations' top envoy in Cyprus on Tuesday denied any conspiracy by the UN to impose a solution to the Cyprus problems on the patterns of a failed attempt in 2004.

"Just so that people do not get carried away with such conspiracy theories, the UN does not want to be involved in arbitration and mediation here," said Alexander Downer, UN secretary-general's special advisor on Cyprus.

He was talking to the press after Cypriot President Demetris Christofias, a Greek Cypriot, and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu completed another session of talks aimed at re-uniting the island.

Cyprus has remained divided since 1974 when the Turkish military intervened and occupied the island's north following a coup by a group of Greek officers.

Downer said the United Nations are in Cyprus to facilitate the re-unification process and are trying to help by only offering specialist advice and expertise on a solution.

He added that at the end of the day the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities "have to work out solutions themselves and be comfortable with it."

"Contrary to the conspiracy theories which suggest that the UN has a secret plan to impose a solution on Cyprus, this has to be approved by two referendums," he said.

The United Nations learned from history, he said in reference to a solution proposed by the UN in 2004, which was approved by the Turkish Cypriot community but rejected by the Greek Cypriot community, who argued that the blueprint heavily favored the Turkish side.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has suggested convening an international conference on the patterns of the 2004 procedure in the next two months to formulate a solution, so that the Cyprus problem does not get in the way of Ankara's course to join the European Union.

However, Downer said on Monday after a meeting with Christofias, that the United Nations have no intention whatsoever of calling an international conference on a Cyprus solution.

"The community leaders have to sell it as their agreement, and that of course will maximize the prospect of it being accepted by the public," Downer said.

Downer added that the leaders of the two communities would be meeting again twice next week to continue discussing the thorny issue of properties abandoned by their owners in the wake of the 1974 war.

Source: Xinhua


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