Cypriot Spokesman says Talat's statements on EU mischievous
Nicosia, Nov 1 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that remarks by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday that the EU was not an objective organisation since the Greek Cypriots had joined the Union and the Turkish Cypriots had not, at the same time ruling out the possibility of EU involvement in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, were mischievous statements.
"I do not understand where he sees that the EU is not objective. Anyhow, the EU said it will merely play a supportive role regarding efforts to the solve the Cyprus problem, and the solution, as the EU stresses, should be based on European principles and values as well, those on which the whole EU construction is built,'' the Spokesman pointed out.
He wondered if this was a lack of objectiveness on behalf of the EU or if Talat ''accepts that the European values are of universal importance and should apply in the Cypriot federation when it is established.''
Chrysostomides said one of the reasons UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is hesitating to proceed on the Cyprus problem ''is exactly the implacable stance of Mr. Talat and Turkey, which do not condescend to accept the discussion of the concerns of our side and possible amendments so that our side is also satisfied.''
The Spokesman that it appears and is confirmed by Talat's statements, after his meeting with Annan, that the UN chief wishes the proper preparation of a new process and is making efforts in this direction.
"I think it is clear that the Secretary General continues to have his good services at the disposal of the parties. He is trying to prepare the climate properly so that there is common ground and a prospect of successful progress in the new process,'' he added.