G/C side ready to look into all potentials for the resumption of new initiative
Nicosia, Jan 10 (CNA) – The Greek Cypriot side is ready with good will to look into all potentials for the right resumption of a well prepared initiative to solve the Cyprus question, that will have prospects of success, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.
Invited to comment on a statement by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey will not negotiate the Annan plan, but another plan, Chrysostomides said he has noted Erdogan’s statement but he does not know exactly what the Turkish Premier means.
“What is expected by Erdogan and what I think the Secretary General himself expects is to say that he has the intention to discuss the concerns of the Greek Cypriot community and make concessions, so as to take these concerns into consideration, as the UN Secretary General says or at least Prendergast in his report to the Security Council, in order to create the right climate for the resumption of the initiative”, he noted.
Invited to say if the government will reply negatively in case the Turkish side asks for talks to start from the beginning, without the Annan plan, Chrysostomides said “I don’t want to preempt this because it has not yet been set out as an official position of Turkey. At least it has not been outlined as an official position to the UN or the UN have made such a position known to us.”
Asked if the Greek Cypriot side is willing to discuss this possibility, Chrysostomides said “we are ready with good will to look into all potentials for the right resumption of a well prepared initiative that will have prospects of success.”
Invited to say if there is the possibility that Turkey is trying through this dialogue to get away with its obligations towards the EU on the Cyprus issue, Chrysostomides said “this is possible.”
As regards statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul that until the settlement of the Cyrpus problem difficulties will constantly raise and that a comprehensive settlement is not possible to find with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, Chrysostomides noted Gul said nothing different than what he says contemporarily.
He said Gul "shows lack of will for the right resumption of process for a final settlement of the Cyprus problem that will take into consideration the Greek Cypriots’ concerns, to secure support of a settlement plan by the majority of both communities and respond to the requirements and the interests of the Cypriots only and not any other country, including Turkey".