Cypriot Foreign Minister says UN plans do not evaporate
Nicosia, Nov 14 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou said today that UN plans do not just evaporate but are always hovering above, even in the negotiating room when talks start, noting that the plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was not necessarily the only basis of negotiation for a Cyprus settlement.
Iacovou pointed out that a dialogue had not yet begun with the UN to determine the negotiating framework, adding that the Annan plan would play a part, as would the proposals of the government, which had taken the Annan plan as a point of reference.
Asked about the government's positions regarding the Annan plan, Iacovou said President Tassos Papadopoulos had on many occasions expressed the position that ''the UN plans do not evaporate and are always hovering above, even in the negotiating room, when the negotiations begin.''
''We have not yet entered the specific dialogue with the UN to determine the negotiating framework. Certainly the Annan plan will play a part and of course the proposals-comments we have made, taking the Annan plan as a point of reference, will play an important part,'' he added.
Replying to questions, Iacovou said the Annan plan ''is not necessarily the sole basis for negotiations.''
''What is needed is a negotiating framework and negotiating methodology, which are not even under discussion at the moment,'' he said.