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    Turkey says PACE's Cyprus report against UN guidelines

    Anatolian Agency
    02.10.2008 - 16:39 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced Thursday that it welcomed the address of Mehmet Ali Talat, the leader of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Autumn Plenary Session.

    In a written statement issued on Thursday, the Turkish MFA praised Talat's contacts with the Council of Europe high level representatives and noted that "the president of the TRNC, Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, has thanked the PACE parliamentarians for providing support for the representation of the elected representatives of the Turkish Cypriot people within PACE and informed them about the constructive approach adopted by the Turkish Cypriot side towards a comprehensive solution.


    Furthermore, Mr. Talat has voiced his disappointment regarding the report on the “Situation in Cyprus" and the draft resolution, prepared by the German Parliamentarian Mr. Joachim Horster, member of the Political Affairs Committee. Mr. Talat’s views are also shared by Turkey."


    "The report and its resolution which have been adopted, disregarding the amendment proposals of the Turkish side, are against the established U.N. parameters and also contradict PACE’s Resolution 1376 (2004). We regret this approach," told the Turkish MFA.

    "The new resolution ignores the principles such as the political equality and the equal status of the parties, which have emerged during 40 years of the UN negotiation process and also lacks a solution perspective. Therefore, it is not possible for this resolution to make a positive contribution to the U.N. negotiation process," said the Turkish MFA.


    "Turkey supports the constructive approach of Mr. Talat, President of the TRNC, in establishing a new partnership by two Constituent States of equal status, based on political equality," stressed the Turkish MFA in its statement.

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