UNSG urges Cyprus President to put his views on paper
by Kyriakos Tsioupras
London, Feb 10 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to ''put his views on paper'' as regards the changes he wants to his settlement plan on Cyprus, adding that ''a detailed list of his objections would help.''
Invited by CNA to comment on the readiness expressed by President Papadopoulos for the resumption of negotiations on Cyprus under UN auspices, Annan said when the referendum on his settlement plan did not succeed, he asked the parties to go back and reflect, think deeply and come up with suggestions as to what changes they would like to see and how they would like to proceed.
Annan was speaking to the press after his meeting here with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who on his part said ''the Cyprus issue did not come up for discussion today but it is an issue we keep under review here as we do in the EU as well.''
''As you know I did put in quite a bit of effort in an attempt to resolve the Cyprus question. The referendum did not succeed. At that time I did ask the parties to go back and reflect, think deeply and come up with suggestions as to what changes they would like to see and how they would like to proceed,'' Annan said.
''I think having gone through the referendum last time, President Papadopoulos had a chance to talk to his people and to think through. I know that the Turkish side, particularly Prime Minister Erdogan, have indicated that they may be ready to resume talks,'' he told CNA.
''But I would urge the President to really put his views on paper. The changes he would want to have. It would be helpful for anyone who is going to be in discussions or resumption of talks. So I think it is the other way round. The proposal was on the table. He had objections to it and a detailed list of his objections would help'', Annan concluded.