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Cypriot spokesman: We sincerely wish for Cyprus progress
2004-02-11 12:30:53

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

United Nations, Feb 11 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has expressed the Greek Cypriot side's sincere wish for progress in the efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement.

The Cypriot official was invited to comment on statements by the self-styled foreign affairs minister of the puppet regime in Cyprus' Turkish-occupied areas Serdar Denktash, who violated a black-out imposed by UN Secretary-General on the Cyprus peace talks which resumed yesterday in New York.

The Spokesman stressed that the Greek Cypriot side would not follow these public relations games played by the Turkish side.

Serdar Denktash was reported saying that during the joint meeting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash (Serdar's father) the two sides handed over documents with their comments on the Annan peace plan and the procedure suggested by the Secretary General. ''Now we both know the positions of the other side'', he said.

He also expressed satisfaction over Tuesday's talks which he described substantial noting that a ''positive atmosphere'' is responsible for the resumption of discussions today.

Asked to comment on Denktash's statements, Crysostomides said ''the G/C side is sincerely interested in progress in the New York procedure as well as in the efforts to reach a settlement''.

''The request, the instruction if you like, of the Secretary General, was to avoid statements until tomorrow, as regards to what was discussed. Therefore, our side will abstain from statements on this subject even if the Turkish side makes revelations, breaking its promise and playing a public relations game throughout this period'', said the Spokesman.

Underlining the G/C side has no intention to play such games he reiterated the ''sincere ultimate goal for a successful conclusion in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem''.

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