UN Envoy leaves Cyprus with "concrete suggestions"
Nicosia, June 1 -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos made clear on Wednesday that the Greek Cypriot side has not only submitted to the UN areas of concern as regards a Cyprus settlement but also "concrete suggestions."
Talking after his third meeting with visiting UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast, Papadopoulos also said "Mr (Kofi) Annan will decide on how to handle the issue so as to create a climate which will contribute to the commencement of a new effort. We are at the preliminary stages."
Sir Kieran's visit follows that of presidential envoy Ambassador Tasos Tzionis to New York, earlier this month, in an effort to resume negotiations with a bid to bring about some changes to a UN-proposed solution plan and reach a negotiated settlement.
Sir Kieran also met with Turkish Cypriot leaders and left the island today.
At the airport, he told reporters: "One point I would like to emphasize is that essentially it is the two sides that have to make a peace agreement, the UN can help, can facilitate, can encourage, but in the end we have to have a settlement that is acceptable to both sides."
Asked if he was satisfied that what he has heard from both sides could lead to the resumption of talks, he replied: "I am satisfied that I have a better understanding of the positions of both sides than I had when I arrived and I thank you for that."
He also said: "The objective in coming was to listen to as broad a range of opinions as possible, with the aim of achieving a better understanding of the views and needs of the parties."