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Media Watch 2005

19 February 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 19 February 2005.
Christofias attacks Americans
"“I am not surprised that a trade mission from Turkey, representing US interests, was in occupied Cyprus on Thursday. This is part of Washington's moves, after the Greek Cypriots rejected a UN proposed solution, to raise obstacles for the Greek Cypriot side and upgrade the institutions of the illegal regime,” he said... "This is contrary to UN resolutions on Cyprus and to international law and order." Christofias said the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots was of their own making, the result of declaring their own breakaway state in 1983."... "We do not wish to see the Turkish Cypriots isolated. The isolation is the result of the continuing Turkish occupation and the secessionist move by Ankara,” he said..."

WASHINGTON came under fire yesterday from House President and Acting President Demetris Christofias, who only last week launched a withering attack against the UK over its policies on Cyprus.

Yesterday, Christofias was responding to the visit to the north on Thursday by a delegation of American businessmen, accompanied by an official from the US embassy in Ankara.

While he refrained from calling the US an “evil demon”, the words he used to describe Britain, Christofias was critical of Washington and said its actions were contrary to international law.

“I am not surprised that a trade mission from Turkey, representing US interests, was in occupied Cyprus on Thursday. This is part of Washington's moves, after the Greek Cypriots rejected a UN proposed solution, to raise obstacles for the Greek Cypriot side and upgrade the institutions of the illegal regime,” he said.

“This is contrary to UN resolutions on Cyprus and to international law and order.”
Christofias said the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots was of their own making, the result of declaring their own breakaway state in 1983.

“We do not wish to see the Turkish Cypriots isolated. The isolation is the result of the continuing Turkish occupation and the secessionist move by Ankara,” he said.

Commenting on possible moves for resumption of the Cyprus talks, Christofias called on the UN to talk to both sides about their positions. The UN has made it clear that since the Turkish Cypriots accepted the Annan plan, and the Greek Cypriots rejected it, it was up to them to come forward with the changes they wanted to see. Until then UN Secretsry-general Kofi Annan, who also wants to see real political will, is unlikely to become involved.

But Christofias said that since the plan was rejected by the Greek Cypriots, the UN should address themselves to both sides if they really want to assume an initiative, and if they accept that the plan must be reviewed to enable the Greek Cypriots to accept it.

He dismissed the notion that the Greek Cypriot side must be the ones to undertake an initiative. Such initiatives were always undertaken by the UN, he said.

Meanwhile two American companies, American Express, and Oracle, have denied that their representatives participated in a trade delegation to the north.

Both companies informed the government that press reports to the contrary were inaccurate.

”While we were invited to attend, we declined and were included in the list by mistake,” said AMEX vice President and Public Affairs officer Susan Atran.

The vice President of Oracle, Alfonso Di Ianni, in a letter to Foreign Minister George Iacovou, said the firm had never taken a formal decision to participate in such a visit and pointed out that the company respects Cyprus legislation and European Union law."