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Media Watch 2003

14 May 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Jean Christou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 14 May 2003
De Soto: I’m still on the case


U.N. SPECIAL Cyprus envoy Alvaro de Soto yesterday denied he was being taken off the Cyprus desk and assigned to other duties.

Turkish Cypriot press quoted Denktash as saying De Soto would be given other duties and wished the envoy every success.

However speaking from New York, De Soto told the Cyprus Mail the reports were untrue and said he was still “on top” of the Cyprus issue. He said if Secretary-general Kofi Annan assigned him to other duties then he would be more than happy to comply but this was not the case, he said.

De Soto also commented on statements by Foreign Minister George Iacovou on Monday that the UN Security Council and the EU were not well informed on the Annan plan.

“I don’t know why he suggested that,” De Soto said adding that both the Security Council and the EU were extremely well informed from both the website and hard copies. “I don’t know where this is coming from. It’s all readily available and clear. Iacovou is slightly off the mark,” De Soto added.

“I am puzzled by the statement because the Annan plan is in the public domain and was discussed in long sessions with the Security Council and they were all extremely well informed.”

Government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides yesterday defended Iavocou’s statements saying that he was sure the Minister had his own information and views. “The Annan plan is a bulky plan and legal document and it would be impossible for anyone to know it to the full extent unless they studied it in depth,” he said. “There are various aspects that may be unknown to people the Foreign Minister talks to.”"