Government promotes climate for resumption of talks
Nicosia, May 26 – The Cyprus government’s efforts concentrate on creating the proper climate of cooperation and understanding, through the framework of the European Union and the new conditions as they are formulated, to enable the UN decide on the resumption of a negotiating process, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said in Nicosia.
Invited to comment on press reports that Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis told Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos that there is a hardening of the Turkish stance, the Spokesman said that these are merely reports, noting however that the fact that Turkey’s stance is hard, is not something new.
“Naturally our effort is to create the right climate of cooperation, understanding, through the EU framework and the new conditions as they are being formulated, so that the UN will be in a position, after proper preparation, to decide on the resumption of a negotiating procedure”, the Spokesman added.
Commenting on statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat that the property issue is a political issue and not legal and it will not be solved through lawsuits, the Spokesman reiterated that this is a private right and no one can interfere or affect the implementation of an individual’s rights.
Further to that, the Spokesman pointed out “the indiscriminate theft of property in the manner that is taking place in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus has now become a political issue, if we can ever describe as political issue the intervention and theft of private property”.
Asked what will be the agenda during UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast’s visit to the island next week, Chrysostomides said that he is certain the UN official will convey to the UN chief all elements he considers useful to help Kofi Annan decide for himself whether negotiations for Cyprus should be resumed and whether he will continue his mission of good offices.