Christofias rejects possible UN arbitration on Cyprus issue

NICOSIA, Cyprus – President Demetris Christofias said on Saturday (April 4th) that Greek Cypriots will not accept any change to the ongoing negotiation process aimed at reunifying the divided island.

This includes setting deadlines for completing talks or possible UN arbitration. “These principles have been accepted by the international community, and we will stick to them,” he noted.

During a meeting Friday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat requested UN arbitration because of the slow progress of negotiations.

In other news, the Cypriot parliament has asked the parliaments of the UN Security Council’s members, the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to press Turkey to co-operate in efforts to resolve the issue of missing persons in Cyprus.

Parliament Speaker Marios Karoyan said on Saturday that although efforts have become more systematic in recent years, Ankara still raises various obstacles. The missing disappeared during the 1974 inter-ethnic conflict on the island.

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