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Media Watch 2007

02 July 2007
Source: Cyprus News Agency
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Comment: The following is a report of the Cyprus News Agency of Nicosia of 2 July 2007.
Barnet leader appalled by Ryan's appointment
Councillor Mike Freer, Leader of Barnet Council, says in a press release that he was ''appalled'' at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's appointment of MP Joan Ryan as the government's special envoy to Cyprus.

"Nicosia, Jul 2 (CNA) - Councillor Mike Freer, Leader of Barnet Council, says in a press release that he was ''appalled'' at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's appointment of MP Joan Ryan as the government's special envoy to Cyprus.

''When Prime Minister Brown announced change would be his watchword, I was hoping we would see a change in the failed and misguided policy on Turkey and Cyprus,'' he notes.

Freer adds that ''appointing Joan Ryan underlines that this government will continue its biased approach against a just and fair solution with ultimate aim the division of Cyprus.''

''I suspect the appointment is more to do with helping Ms Ryan hold onto her super marginal seat at the next general election than finding a lasting solution,'' he says.

Freer notes that ''Barnet is home to some 36,000 residents of Greek or Cypriot descent'' and that ''Barnet Council is the only UK council to be twinned with a town in the occupied northern Cyprus, that being the town of Morphou.''

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.