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Papadopoulos says Greek Cypriot side still willing to talk
2003-04-14 10:51:42

Nicosia, Apr 14 (CNA) - President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos reaffirmed to US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston the position of the Cypriot government that it is ready to enter a process to solve the Cyprus problem in the framework and under the auspices of the UN.

Director of the President's Press Office Marios Karoyan told reporters today that if there were to be a new initiative from the UN chief, that would be ''judged and decided on by Kofi Annan and the Security Council''.|

Karoyan said the Greek Cypriot side ''has sent the message that it is ready to enter this process whenever deemed necessary by the UN Secretary General and the Security Council, always in the framework and under the auspices of the UN''.

Asked if Weston had asked the President during a meeting this morning when it would be better to commence talks to solve the Cyprus problem, Karoyan said no timeframe has been set, adding that whether or not talks would take place would depend on the procedure the UN chief wanted to follow.

''For the time being there is nothing concrete'', he said, adding that ''if and when this need arises, our side has considered proper to send the initial message to the UN secretariat, to Thomas Weston and other involved parties''.

Karoyan noted that the UN Secretary General would be willing to start a peace process as long as both sides were ready to enter one, adding that so far the Turkish side has been negative.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/FZ/RG/2003

ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
14/04/2003

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