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Cyprus President to send an envoy to UN for Cyprus issue
2005-05-13 13:58:49

Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- Cyprus Acting Government Spokesman Marios Karoyian announced today that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will send the Director of his Diplomatic Office, Tasos Tzionis, to the UN Headquarters in New York as his envoy in the framework of an investigative preparatory process for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Karoyian did not give any details regarding the date of Tzionis visit to New York.

He noted that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan would decide when to send his representative to Cyprus, for an exploratory mission, who will most likely be UN Deputy Secretary General for political affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast.

''We are in the preparatory stage. It wouldn’t be right to have too many expectations regarding the process which begins, and as President Papadopoulos correctly stated, it will be a long way'', he said.

Karoyian noted that in the framework of the National Council's (top advisory body to the President regarding the Cyprus problem) decisions, President Papadopoulos has submitted to the UN Secretariat, in the last two months, his thoughts and suggestions aiming to create those circumstances that would allow UN Secretary General to decide whether to restart a new round of negotiations.

The Greek Cypriot side, he added, believes that the process should be well prepared, so that when the UN Secretary General decides to resume the negotiations, there will be reasonable expectations that the talks will have a positive outcome, because ''we are all aware of the problems that would arise, once the new UN initiative fails to succeed''.

The Cyprus government's position is that the Cyprus problem should be solved in the UN framework and with an upgraded EU role, Karoyian said.

''The solution should comply with the international law and the European acquis communautaire'', he stressed.

Acting Government Spokesman noted that the National Council's decision is that there should be no tight timeframes or any procedures that would give UN Secretary General an arbitration role.

He added that the National Council has also decided that the solution to be presented to the Cypriots, via a referendum for approval or rejection, should be the result of an agreed solution between the interested parties.

«These are the basic parameters of the positions of the Greek Cypriot side and on this basis our side is trying to promote our positions in an effort to secure those guarantees and preconditions that would allow the resumption of the negotiations'', Karoyian said.

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