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Media Watch 2004

15 October 2004
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: "...a settlement must be based on respect for human rights and the restitution of the refugees rights as demanded by international law and the judgements of the Rights Court."
Enlighten us, Mr Klosson
"...a settlement must be based on respect for human rights and the restitution of the refugees rights as demanded by international law and the judgements of the Rights Court."

US Ambassador Michael Klosson spoke at length this week about the Cyprus problem in general, stressing the need for the two Cypriot sides to reach a settlement on the basis of the Annan Plan, which "is of necessity a compromise,'' he said.

"We would be delighted if Cypriots could take matters in their own hands and present the UN Security Council with a negotiated solution,'' he said, without any mention whatever of the decisive role of Turkey as the occupying power which has been preventing such a development all these years.

As if that was not enough, the US envoy repeated the Washington mantra on the need to end "the isolation" of the Turkish Cypriots, adding that "continued Turkish Cypriot acceptance of painful compromises incorporated in the Annan Plan should not be taken for granted."

It would be most enlightening if Mr Klosson listed even a single Turkish Cypriot "compromise" and it would be even more interesting what he considers a "compromise," when the Turkish side adamantly refuses to respect basic human rights, the judgements of the European Rights Court, the EU acquis and international law in general.

Klosson argued that "outsiders cannot weigh the concerns" and answer the questions of those who rejected the Annan Plan.

"We need to hear feasible answers first from Cypriots in order to assess how we might assist," he added.

Surely the way the US, the UN Secretary-General and the other powers involved in the search for a Cyprus settlement "might assist" is only too evident. This is nothing else but to persuade Turkey, one way or another, that it must surrender its stranglehold over Cyprus by accepting that a settlement must be based on respect for human rights and the restitution of the refugees rights as demanded by international law and the judgements of the Rights Court.

The US envoy uttered one simple truth when he said that "bringing Turkish Cypriot laws and institutions in line with European norms will advance the goal of a settlement."

Indeed, this may also be said in connection with the Annan Plan, for if its controversial provisions are also brought in line with European norms, the only remaining obstacle to a settlement would be Turkey's continuing military presence and influence, which is so blatantly ignored by the US envoy and his bosses in Washington."