Cyprus says US remarks prove Greek Cypriot efforts for settlement
Nicosia, Dec 7 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that yesterday's remarks by US State Department spokesman Adam Ereli were ''clear proof that out side is continuing its efforts and has not abandoned the idea, the intention, the pursuit to properly resume the process so that we can be led to a solution plan, which could be acceptable by both sides.''
''We must note with interest everything Mr. Ereli says, who states that the efforts are continuing and in substance what is expected is the decision on behalf of the UN Secretary General to resume the process'' to reach a Cyprus settlement, Chrysostomides said.
The Spokesman added he did not think Ereli's statement should be ignored, ''indeed in view of the fact that out side tirelessly continues efforts to create the necessary basis, the necessary foundation, after preparation, for the proper resumption of the process for a solution, which could be acceptable by both sides, and as Mr. Prendergast said in his last report, to take into consideration the concerns of our side.''
Replying to questions on Ereli's remarks that the UN Secretary General was continuing efforts to process his plan for a settlement, Chrysostomides said he was doing that ''at our request, after our efforts, after our insistence on the processing'' of the plan.
Referring to Ereli's statement that the US support the plan proposed by UN chief Kofi Annan, which was rejected by the majority of the Greek Cypriot community, Chrysostomides said this was ''the known position of the US.''
To a comment that Ereli was in fact saying that Annan would bring a reviewed plan to the negotiating table, Chrysostomides said he did not think the US official meant the UN chief would be doing that by himself.
''What he means is that certainly the Secretary General will try, through a new round of negotiations, to reach a new plan, which would be acceptable by both sides,'' he pointed out.