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South blames UN for Akinci’s dinner invitation

26 May 2016

The United Nations have “messed up” regarding the fallout after President Akinci received a last minute invitation by to a state dinner in Istanbul on Monday, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said today.

The United Nations have messed up and they should stop trying to put the blame on others,” Kasoulides told state radio.

President Nicos Anastasiades has cancelled Friday’s scheduled meeting in Nicosia with President Mustafa Akinci moderated by UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide following “unacceptable events” in Istanbul on Monday. He has also cancelled a meeting scheduled for today with Eide.

President Anastasiades chose not to attend the official dinner in Istanbul which kicked of the UN’s Humanitarian Summit, after Eide told him that President Akinci had received a last minute invitation to the dinner.

Anastasiades said that any attempts to “downgrade the Republic of Cyprus” were intolerable.

The South’s government believes that the UN played a backstage role for Akinci’s invitation to the heads of state dinner.

The UN has responded by saying that they had not been involved with the dinner invitations and that Akinci and UN Secretary General Bank ki Moon only met briefly after the dinner.

Anastasiades has also discussed the Istanbul events on the phone with US Vice-President, Jo Biden, who believes that these actions will be avoided in the future.

Cyprus Weekly

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