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Media Watch 2006

20 October 2006
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 20 October 2006.
w UN chief raises Cypriot hopes though his first statements
"The Greek Cypriots are among those people who remain deeply dismayed and disillusioned by the actions of the previous Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who tried to solve the Cyprus problem through the controversial plan bearing his name. The plan violated the basic principles on which the United Nations is founded and was overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek Cypriots in a referendum."

"BAN Ki-moon, who took over as the new United Nations Secretary General this week, raised hopes for a just Cyprus settlement through his first statements after being sworn in.

"My tenure will be marked by ceaseless efforts to build bridges and close divides," Ban said.

He added that, while feeling elated "by the successes of the UN in making life better for countless people, I have also been pained by scenes of its failures. In too many places could I feel the dismay over inaction of the UN, or action that was too little, or came too late. I am determined to dispel the disillusionment.''

The Greek Cypriots are among those people who remain deeply dismayed and disillusioned by the actions of the previous Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who tried to solve the Cyprus problem through the controversial plan bearing his name.
The plan violated the basic principles on which the United Nations is founded and was overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek Cypriots in a referendum.

Instead of aiming at the reunification of Cyprus as a single state, as demanded by UN resolutions, the Annan Plan tended to solidify its division by legitimising the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, which is branded illegal by the UN Security Council and General Assembly.

It also ignored the numerous resolutions of these two bodies demanding the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and the return of the ethnically-cleansed Greek Cypriot refugees to return to their homes and to regain their usurped properties, in what is now the area illegally occupied by Turkey.

In his acceptance address, Ban also said that "the true measure of success for the UN is not how much we promise, but how much we deliver for those who need us most."

Cyprus is among those who need the UN most because it wants UN backing for a settlement based on full respect for fundamental UN principles and human rights.
It hopes, and prays, that the new Secretary General will succeed in his declared objective to dispel the disillusionment created by his predecessor."