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Cyprus government reiterates dedication to fair settlement
2005-06-23 12:46:18

United Nations, Jun 22
-- Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis said that the Greek Cypriot side believes that a forward-looking approach with regard to the Cyprus problem should be adopted.

Speaking after listening to a briefing to the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices in Cyprus by Sir Kieran Prendergast, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Mavroyiannis said the Cyprus government remains dedicated to a fair settlement.

Mr. Mavroyiannis also said ''it is our view that a forward-looking approach with regard to the Cyprus problem should be adopted.''

''The Cyprus government remains committed to a fair and just settlement and it is ready to work in this direction in good faith and with determination. In this regard we wish to express our readiness to work towards putting in place all the building blocks and to develop the necessary common ground which would render possible the resumption of meaningful negotiations,'' he added.

Mr. Prendergast had told the Security Council that the the launching of an intensive new process on Cyprus prematurely was inadvisable.

He had also underlined that nothing positive would be served by a new effort that ended in a high-profile failure, or else in a frustrating stalemate.

Furthermore, he noted that as things stand, the Secretary-General believes that it would be prudent to proceed very carefully and that Kofi Annan intends to reflect on the future of his mission of good offices in the period ahead.

In addition, depending on the evolution of events and attitudes on the island, it may become appropriate to consider appointing a Special Adviser, to engage the parties and explore whether the necessary common ground existed or could be built to enable full-scale negotiations to resume.

In his briefing, Sir Kieran noted that at the Secretary-General's instruction, he visited Cyprus, Greece and Turkey between 30 May and 7 June for consultations on the future of his mission of good offices in Cyprus.

He had met Cyprus’ President Tassos Papadopoulos three times and Mehmet Ali Talat, the Turkish Cypriot leader, twice and also met political leaders on both sides.

''Mr. Papadopoulos said that he was eager for negotiations to resume under the auspices of the Secretary-General.'', Mr. Prendergast said.

''His position was that, in any resumed negotiations, there should be no deadlines, no arbitration of substantive issues by the UN or third parties, and only a settlement plan agreed by the parties should be submitted to referendum. At the same time, he accepted that negotiations should not be open-ended,'' he added.

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