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Cyprus government takes seriously into consideration UNSG's statements
2005-02-14 14:47:18

Nicosia, Feb 14 (CNA) Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said ''every statement, action or intention by the UN Secretary General is seriously taken into consideration by the Greek Cypriot side.''

Replying to questions during his daily briefing, Chrysostomides added that ''our wish is that efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement continue under the UN auspices''.

Asked about the intention of the G/C side in the event of an invitation by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for talks, the Spokesman said ''all these issues are subject to conversation and exchange of views in the National Council''.

''If there is such an invitation the National Council will discuss it and decide accordingly'', he said.

Invited to comment reports that the United Nations are ready for a new initiative without arbitration and strict timetables, the spokesman reiterated Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos' position that ''our intention to seek a speedy solution to the Cyprus problem is a sincere one.''

He stressed that any initiative is welcome as long as the necessary framework and procedure for the resumption of negotiations is defined.

''The objective of course is to find out the intention of the other side as regards substantial talks and the acceptance of the principle that serious changes can be brought to the Annan Plan so that it can be approved by both sides'', he added.

Answering another question the spokesman said that President Papadopoulos communicates on a daily basis with Greek Premier Costas Karamanlis.

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