Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cyprus Pres.Criticizes UN Envoy for Bias,Haste; Feels His Statements Hinder Reunifying Cyprus

The president of Cyprus today (May 7, 2017) criticized a UN envoy for perceived bias and undue haste amid troubled talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided Mediterranean island, according to the Washington Post website.

President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, said that he's "distraught" that UN envoy Espen Barth Eide appears to be adopting the positions of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots. He said Eide should grasp that "statements or threats" will produce results contrary to the goal of reunifying Cyprus as a federation.

"The less said, especially on his (Eide's) part, the better," Anastasiades told reporters, adding that the UN envoy is too much "in a hurry."

The Cypriot president said he did not want to pick a fight "but I've repeatedly brought to his attention that he should be careful with whichever statements are made because they create distrust."

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