Koenig’s words on Cyprob ruffle feathers in South

The South’s government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said that his government will discuss with the US government, US Ambassador John Koenig’s words regarding the Cyprus problem.

Koenig speaking at an open forum at Cyprus University last night, he said that the “invasion” and occupation of North Cyprus was not the key issue of the Cyprus problem. “I personally do not regard the Cyprus issue as essentially a problem of invasion and occupation. If you don’t like it, I can’t help it. I do not regard that as the core of the Cyprus problem”, he said.

Koenig’s personal view, declared before he is about to step down from his role as US ambassador has raised the hackles of some politicians.

“The American ambassador was referring to personal positions, but nonetheless the issue will certainly be discussed with the American government,” Christodoulides said.

His comments have come at a time when negotiations between the two communities have recently resumed.

Koenig, who leaves Cyprus in August, is about to retire from his post at the US State Department and his parting comments will not have pleased some Greek Cypriot politicians.


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