Cypriots feel increasing UN pressure following leaders' meeting with Ban (4)

15:18, November 20, 2010      

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The Cyprus government has dismissed such eventuality and insisted that neither the UN chief nor any other UN officials had tried to arbitrate or submit proposals to break the deadlock.

"Neither a timetable was proposed nor arbitration was mentioned at the UN meeting," government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said in a telephone interview from New York with the state-run television.

Commenting on a statement by the UN secretary-general that the negotiations will be intensified and a plan will be established in the coming weeks on overcoming major remaining points, Stefanou said this will be done by the two community leaders without involvement by third parties.

News on the outcome of the meeting came too late for the press to comment on, but most Greek Cypriot papers gave a negative view in their headlines.

Politis, which is opposing government policies on Cyprus, said in its headlines that the UN secretary-general had given an ultimatum to the two Cyprus leaders to come up with solutions in two months. It added that the two leaders came out of the meeting "frozen" and looking expressionless.

Another influential newspaper, Phileleftheros, headlined its story "New deadline by UNSG," while Alithia, also an opposition paper, said that UN pressure is increasing.

English language Cyprus Mail, published on the Greek Cypriot side, said Ban slapped on the wrist of the two leaders.

Most Turkish Cypriot newspapers couched their headlines in a neutral way.

Yeniduzen, the only Turkish Cypriot newspaper to take a clear stand, said in its headlines that "Ban intimidates."

Source: Xinhua
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