Cyprus disassociates itself from UPR outcome
Friday, 04 December 2009 18:15


The Working Group of the UPR convened to adopt the report of Cyprus at 6 pm on Friday 4 December. Prior to the adoption of the report a letter from the Ambassador of Cyprus was circulated in the room, which stated that the report contained 'non-UN terminology with regard to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus' and so 'it did not wish to be directly or indirectly associated with this procedure and thus Cyprus will not be present in the room'.


The report was then adopted by the Working Group. The President stated that the UPR is a cooperative mechanism. He stated that it is extremely important to respect its modalities and each other. It is the duty of the Chairperson to uphold the process in accordance with the rules. It is the view of Cyprus that one State used inappropriate language. However, the Acting Chair and the Chair did not share that view and so the report was upheld. The adoption of the report did not reflect a position of the Council or Working Group on the legal status of Cyprus and he regretted that they could not reach consensus with all parties.    

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