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Media Watch 2007

30 June 2007
Source: Cyprus News Agency
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Comment: The following is a report of the Cyprus News Agency of Nicosia of 30 June 2007.
British MPs protest
British MP for Chipping Barnet, Theresa Villiers, has written to new Foreign Secretary David Miliband to protest about Joan Ryan’s appointment as Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s advisor on Cyprus, noting in statements that she was "shocked to learn of this appointment," which is "a slap in the face for the Cypriot community."

"British MP for Chipping Barnet, Theresa Villiers, has written to new Foreign Secretary David Miliband to protest about Joan Ryan’s appointment as Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s advisor on Cyprus, noting in statements that she was "shocked to learn of this appointment," which is "a slap in the face for the Cypriot community."

"If the community thought that Tony Blair’s resignation would mean that the Labour government started to see sense again on Cyprus, this appointment shows there is no hope of that. Gordon Brown is clearly going to continue Mr. Blair’s discredited approach on Cyprus which has completely let down all those who fled their homes during the 1974 invasion," she pointed out.

Villiers noted that "Joan Ryan has not taken a balanced or fair approach on Cyprus issues and I am deeply worried about the prospect of her deciding what the British government’s approach on this issue should be."

"I oppose this appointment and I have appealed to David Miliband to meet me and representatives of the Cypriot community so that he can hear at first hand why Gordon Brown’s decision has caused such anger and outrage in his first three days at Number 10," she added.

In her letter to Miliband, Villiers explains that she represents a large British Cypriot community, noting that many of her constituents are deeply concerned about the appointment of Joan Ryan as the Prime Minister’s advisor on Cyprus.

"They believe that Ms Ryan has not taken a balanced or fair approach on matters relating to Cyprus. I have to say I sympathise with their point of view," she notes."