Ambassador Mavroyiannis continues contacts in NY ahead of UNFICYP’s resolution

Ambassador Mavroyiannis continues contacts in NY ahead of UNFICYP’s resolution

Greek Cypriot negotiator for the Cyprus issue, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis continues his contacts at the UN headquarters in New York ahead of the adoption of the resolution for the extension of the mandate of UNFICYP (Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) for six more months and the briefing of the members of the UN Security Council by UNSG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, next week.

During the contacts the Cypriot side stresses that it is necessary for the UN to clearly and objectively outline the reasons for the state of affairs as regards the Cyprus issue, after the suspension of the talks by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, following Turkey`s provocative actions as regards the violation of Cyprus` sovereign rights in its offshore Exclusive Economic Zone.

Meanwhile, Mavroyiannis addressed yesterday in New York an Informal Meeting on the Concerns of a Rise in Anti-Semitic Violence Worldwide, saying that the Republic of Cyprus has always been, and will continue to remain deeply committed to the fight against any form of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and related intolerance – including anti-Semitism through legislation, training and targeted policies.

Mavroyiannis said that the recent horrific attacks in Paris against the journalists of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and against individuals of Jewish faith in a Kosher supermarket “are just the tip of the iceberg of the alarming increase in the number of religious intolerance and violence worldwide”.

“It is my country’s firm belief that the international community must show a united front in addressing the fight against anti-Semitism and more generally against all acts of violence and hatred committed against any kind of religion or belief, race, or ethnicity. It is essential that the United Nations, which is the privileged forum for a global response to this global threat makes this fight of its utmost priorities. The global community should deal with this issue with determination and perseverance but without stigmatizing any community”, he underlined.

Cyprus, he said, condemns attacks against peaceful faiths and reiterates its strong commitment to fight against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and all acts of violence against individuals from a specific religious or ethnic community on its territory, in the European Union, and more generally throughout the international community.

Last week, the Cyprus government expressed great disappointment and dissatisfaction on the content of the UN Secretary General`s report on the activities of the United Nations in Cyprus covering the period from 21 June 2014 until 15 December 2014 and has made written and verbal representations at the highest level.

The government said that the report does not make a clear reference to the continued violations of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, an independent and sovereign state, member of the UN contrary to international law and the UN Charter and the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas. In addition, the government stressed that the report does not make any reference to Turkey`s illegal seismic activity in Cyprus` EEZ through its vessel Barbaros, which was accompanied by Turkish warships.

“The lack of clear reference to what caused the negotiations to be suspended, a little before the start of the most critical phase of the negotiating procedure that began last February with the adoption of the joint declaration, is debatable and does not help in solving the crisis created by Turkey”, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades suspended his participation in the UN-led peace talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.

Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced recently the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU, which Ankara aspires to join, to do so and normalise relations with Nicosia.