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Droutsas talks Cyprus with UN chief

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas reiterated Athens?s position that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots should be doing more to help reunify Cyprus following a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York.

”We want to see a settlement and the settlement in our view must be based on the UN Security Council resolutions but also on the full respect of the EU acquis communitaire since the Republic of Cyprus is a full member of the European Union and this must be taken into account in the search for a settlement,” said Droutsas after talks between the two men on Friday.

Droutsas urged Ban to be objective in his report to the UN Security Council on his mediation of Cyprus reunification talks.

”For us reality says that you have President Dimetris Christofias who is putting forward from the beginning of this effort, very constructive, forthcoming proposals,? said Droutsas.

?Unfortunately, we see the Turkish Cypriot community and especially the new leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr [Dervis] Eroglu, expressing positions that remind us of the past, that are also abandoning in some terms the basis agreed upon for the solution of the Cyprus problem and we encourage also the Turkish Cypriot community to look into the issue of the settlement in the most constructive way.”