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New negotiations on Cyprus must be fully prepared, says government
2005-10-31 16:48:01

Nicosia, Oct 31 (CNA) - In the event of an invitation by the UN Secretary General for a resumption of the procedure to solve the Cyprus problem it should mean that the necessary preparation have been made, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today.

However, he said that if the Greek Cypriot side believes that the necessary preparation has not taken place, nor that there are any prospects for success, then it will make this known to Kofi Annan.

Asked if he can ascertain moves for a resumption of the talks, with an aim to serve Turkey's accession course, the Spokesman said such a thing would be possible. ''I believe some people are thinking that this would be useful for Turkey,'' he said.

Chrysostomides noted that the UN Secretary General's position, which is reflected in former UN Undersecretary General Sir Kieran Prendergast's report, is that the necessary preparation should be made and to proceed with special care so that ''we are not led to a new impasse or failure.''

The Spokesman said that if the Secretary General extends the invitation, ''he must make sure that the necessary preparation has taken place for a new negotiating procedure to have any prospects for success.''

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