Cypriot President in NY to address UN General Assembly
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
New York, Sep 13 (CNA) – Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has arrived in New York where he will address the UN General Assembly and the High Level Meeting and sign the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
During his stay President Papadopoulos will also hold meetings with heads of states and governments and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus issue.
Responding to questions on the issue of a European Union counter-statement to Turkey's unilateral declaration of non recognition of the Cyprus Republic, he said that he was studying a report by Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the EU Nicos Emiliou on the matter.
Today, President Papadopoulos, accompanied by Foreign Minister George Iacovou and government officials will host a lunch for the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Asked if he was expecting Annan to announce the name of his Special Representative for Cyprus, he noted that he had been briefed officially that the Secretary General was considering several names for the post and that the appointment will not be to replace the current Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNFICYP Chief of Mission Zbigniew Wlosowicz.
He said that Cyprus had already given its consent to Wlosowicz replacement and there was now talk about somebody else.
''The Secretary General has told me that his effort for the resumption of talks will be continuous and that he will first try to investigate the matter through unofficial meetings. This happens in response to our suggestion that any new round of talks must be very well prepared because no-one wishes to find himself before yet another deadlock. There will be an intensive effort to look into the possibilities for constructive talks, if and when they begin'', he said.
On developments in Brussels, the President said that the efforts continue in view of tomorrow's COREPER meeting, noting that the Cyprus government aims at a satisfactory statement that will include useful points for the future.
The President's programme today includes a meeting with Jamaican Premier James Patterson. In the evening he will attend a reception hosted by the US President and Mrs Laura Bush and later on a dinner hosted by the President of Gabon El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba.
On Thursday, he will attend a ceremony hosted by the Cyprus Federation of America to honor Greek Premir Costas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis.