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Cyprus government spokesman: Right preparation is our objective
2005-05-17 11:50:11

Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) – The objective of the Greek Cypriot side is the right preparation of a new negotiations process, with a view to secure its success, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.

Replying to questions as regards the meeting between Cyprus President’s envoy to the UN Ambassador Tasos Tzionis with UN Under Secretary General for political affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast at the UN headquarters in New York, Chrysostomides said the meeting focused on procedural matters.

«No one can, at this stage, say what the result might turn out to be. Our objective is the right preparation of a new procedure, with a view to secure its success,'' he said.

Commenting on a remark by former President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides that every time a proposal for a Cyprus settlement is rejected, the next proposal is worse than the previous one, the spokesman said that the Greek Cypriot side wants the improvement of the proposed solution (Annan plan), so that an agreed settlement will be put before the Cyprus people at a referendum.

«Our effort focuses on the improvement of the solution to a level that it could be accepted by both communities'', he added.

Replying to another question, he said the government agreed with Clerides' comment that a small state can not protect its interests or promote them without international support, adding that: «What is aimed at all fields is the international support to our efforts».

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