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Greek Cypriot consultations with UN considered positive
2005-05-23 16:55:05

Nicosia, May 23 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has described as positive the results of the consultations of the Greek Cypriot side in New York with UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast.

In a written statement today, the Spokesman says that President Tassos Papadopoulos had a meeting yesterday with his Special Envoy to the UN Secretariat General, Ambassador Tasos Tzionis, during which the President ''was thoroughly informed'' as to the consultations that took place in New York Sir Kieran.

President Papadopoulos considers that, following the conclusion of the consultations, ''it can no longer be asserted that those who should be informed of our positions continue to be unaware of them,'' the Spokesman notes.

''We have presented to the UN Secretariat our concerns, views, ideas and positions in a detailed and clear manner dealing both with procedure and substance, taking into account the outcome of last year's referenda. Our side explained and elaborated on the elements, which must be discussed and agreed upon in order for a comprehensive settlement to be reached,'' he adds.

Chrysostomides points out that ''we remain at the Secretary-General's disposal for the provision of more information and clarifications'' and that ''it is understood that the negotiating positions are deposited and discussed only at the negotiating table.''

The Spokesman notes that President Papadopoulos expresses his satisfaction over the announcement of the upcoming visit of Sir Kieran to the area ''for an assessment of the situation.''

''It is hoped that the movement triggered by the New York consultations will continue and that the Secretary General, in the context of his good offices mission, in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, will assist so that the ground may be prepared for effective negotiations which will lead to an honourable compromise, which can only be a functional, viable and lasting solution of the Cyprus problem, a solution respecting the dignity, serving the interests and satisfying the expectations of the people of Cyprus as a whole,'' he adds.

With this objective in mind, the results of the New York consultations ''are assessed as being positive,'' the Spokesman concludes.

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