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Downer met with Turkish FM: South complains

17 December 2013

The South Cyprus government has complained to the United Nations that UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer had met with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu in the TRNC’s Turkish embassy during the Turkish FM’s brief visit to the TRNC on Saturday.

The complaint was made to the UN Special Representative and the Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Tasos Tzionis.

The South Cyprus Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides also asked the country’s permanent representative to the UN to make representations at the highest level to the UN Secretariat in New York

According to an announcement issued Monday by the Foreign Affairs Minister, the South Cyprus government wished to express its deepest disappointment and disapproval for the meeting the Downer held in the TRNC.

It was pointed out that Downer had violated UN Resolutions, particularly during a period when the South Cyprus President was making efforts for the resumption of the talks between the two communities on the island.

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