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In a video address to the General Assembly’s General Debate Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades expressed concern at “Turkeys interventions which affect the territorial integrity and destabilize Libya, Syria and Iraq,” as well as violations “of the sovereign rights of both Greece and Cyprus.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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22 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

23 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicos Anastasiades, President, Cyprus:
“We are all concerned by Turkeys interventions which affect the territorial integrity and destabilize Libya, Syria and Iraq, and we are also equally worried of the violations by the said country of the sovereign rights of both Greece and Cyprus. The combination of the above-mentioned has created a climate of increasing instability, with negative repercussions, not only to the region but beyond.”
4. Med shot, Cyprus representative
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicos Anastasiades, President, Cyprus:
“Despite the constructive engagement of both mine and my predecessors, towards reaching a just and viable settlement, due to Turkey’s intransigent stance and irrational demands, Cyprus remains the last European divided country.”
6. Med shot, Cyprus representative
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicos Anastasiades, President, Cyprus:
“For the talks to resume with realistic prospects of success, it is imperative to create an environment that will be conducive for constructive and good faith negotiation, on an equal footing and not under conditions of intimidation and threats.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly

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In a video address to the General Assembly’s General Debate Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades today (24 Sep) expressed concern at “Turkeys interventions which affect the territorial integrity and destabilize Libya, Syria and Iraq,” as well as violations “of the sovereign rights of both Greece and Cyprus.”

He said, “the combination of the above-mentioned has created a climate of increasing instability, with negative repercussions, not only to the region but beyond.”

Anastasiades made clear Cyprus stands ready to resume talks on the reunification of the island nation. He said, “despite the constructive engagement of both mine and my predecessors, towards reaching a just and viable settlement, due to Turkey’s intransigent stance and irrational demands, Cyprus remains the last European divided country.”

For talks to resume “with realistic prospects of success,” he said, “it is imperative to create an environment that will be conducive for constructive and good faith negotiation, on an equal footing and not under conditions of intimidation and threats.”

Cyprus has been divided for more than four decades, and leaders from its Greek and Turkish communities last met three years ago at a UN-facilitated conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Discussions in the alpine village centred around six main issues, including security and guarantees, new territorial boundaries, and power-sharing. Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom served as guarantors, with the European Union as an observer. The talks stalled after a week.
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