Presidency says Kofi Annan linked his name to the problem of occupied Cyprus

Despite the fact that his efforts to solve the Cyprus issue and the plan that had his name  had not been successful, he has linked his name to the problem of occupied Cyprus, a statement by the Presidency of the Republic says on the death of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Expressing sorrow for his passing and condolences to his relatives, it is stated that Kofi Annan was honored together with the UN with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, and was the first UNSG coming from the UN`s administrative structure, leaving great work behind him in particular in combating poverty in Africa and AIDS.

It is noted that “despite the fact that the efforts he made to reach a solution of the Cyprus issue and the plan that had his name had not been crowned with success, he has linked his name to the problem of occupied Cyprus”.

“Today, 12 years after the completion of Kofi Annan`s term in office and 44 years after the Turkish invasion and the occupation of part of Cyprus, the problem remains unresolved, and this demonstrates the need to intensify efforts, in cooperation with the UN, so that, finally, decisions and resolutions of the international organisation are implemented in Cyprus, as well as EU principles, through a comprehensive agreement on the basis of the process and the parameters set by the current UN Secretary General”, the announcement concludes.

Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday aged 80.

The Republic of Cyprus is a full EU member state since May 2004. Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and since then occupies 37% of the island`s territory.

In 2004 a UN backed plan, given the name Annan plan, for a solution of the Cyprus problem, was rejected by the vast majority of the Greek Cypriots and approved by the Turkish Cypriots, a week before Cyprus joined the EU.

The latest effort to reach a Cyprus settlement was concluded in summer last year in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana without a result.  Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed to the UN Secretary General`s envoy Jane Holl Lute, during a visit she paid recently to Cyprus, his readiness to re-engage into dialogue for a Cyprus settlement. Lute is also holding meetings in Athens, Ankara, London and Brussels on whether conditions have matured for the resumption of the Cyprus talks. She is expected to submit a report to the UNSG on her contacts with the interested parties.

source: CNA