We did not appreciate at all the introduction of subjective views in the two reports of the Secretary-General, one on his Good Offices and one on UNFICYP, in addition to objective facts, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Friday, in reference to what he said was a thorough statement issued by the Ministry on the issue.
In remarks on the sidelines of an event at the Foreign Ministry, Kasoulides spoke of subjective views "that allow not the Secretary-General, but those who advise the Secretary-General, to put us in the same boat in terms of rhetoric among the leaders of the illegal regime and Ankara."
"I find it unacceptable, as well as the reason why they judge that there is a gap because of the rhetoric, as they say, on both sides," the Foreign Minister said.
Kasoulides added that as the report was being finalized, the results of the so-called local elections in the Turkish-occupied territories came in and the people spoke.
The people, he added, did not show that they agree with the policies in favor of two states and division of the Turkish Cypriot leadership and Ankara, but rather they want a rapprochement between the two communities, with the aim of unifying Cyprus and not dividing it.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.