09 December, 2005
Greece's permanent representative at the UN Adamantios Vassilakis, speaking to reporters on Thursday, said that the building of a bridge by Turkish troops at Ledra Street on the buffer zone in Nicosia provides the occupation army with military advantages. Vassilakis was speaking after Wednesday's in camera consultations by the Security Council, during which its members were briefed by the assistant UN Secretary General Haid Anabi on the content of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's report on his proposal on a six-month extension for the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.
"The building of a bridge by the Turkish troops at Ledra street in Nicosia gives the occupation army military advantages in the specific region and does not help the building of trust, to which the opening of yet another corridor must aim at," the representative said.
"The report by the Secretary General, in general, is good, simple and it describes the situation. We have made certain observations regarding the presence of Turkish troops, which continues to constitute a threat for peace and security. We believe that the proposal by the Secretary General on the extension for six months of UNFICYP's term, with the present form and duties, is correct," he added.
Lastly, the permanent representative at the UN (Greece is a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the 2005-2006 period), replying to a relevant question, clarified that on December 14, when the decision on the six-month renewal of UNFICYP's term will be adopted by the members of the Security Council, the issue of the corridor in Ledra street will not be discussed.
Source: Athens News Agency