UN spokesman says UNSG does not wish another failure of Cyprus talks
United Nations, Mar 29 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General's spokesman Fred Eckhard has said Kofi Annan wishes to secure that there is solid ground before the resumption of talks on Cyprus, because he does not wish another failure of efforts to reach a settlement.
Eckhard also said that Annan expects Greek Cypriots to outline in writing the changes they wish to be brought to his plan for a settlement.
Eckhard's statements came after a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis had here with Annan, with whom he discussed among other issues the Cyprus question.
Molyviatis, who wrapped up his visit to the US, also attended a ceremony in the White House on the occasion of Greek Independence Day, during which he had the chance to have a tete-a-tete meeting with US President George Bush.
He also had a meeting at the State Department with US Undersecretary of State for political affairs Nicolas Burns, with whom he also discussed the Cyprus question.
Molyviatis said after the meeting with Burns that the Cyprus problem was one of the main issues he discussed during his visit to the US.
"We ascertained that there is convergence of will by all interested parties for the resumption of the procedure to reach a settlement through negotiations on the basis of the Annan plan," he noted.
The Greek minister said "we stressed that we do not have any longer the luxury of a new failure. That is why we must try to secure all these preconditions, that will give us the possibility to reach a positive final outcome," he noted.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.