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Cyprus President and UNSG will prepare the ground for talks
2006-02-15 14:25:20

Nicosia, Feb 16 -- Effective ways to prepare the ground for a new UN effort to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem will be examined during the meeting between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on February 28th in Paris.

“The aim of the meeting is to examine and assess effective ways for the preparation of the ground for the resumption of a new effort on behalf of the United Nations, so that substantive talks will be held with the aim to have serious prospects of success”, Undersecretary to the President Christodoulos Pashiardis said in Nicosia today.

He added that the Cypriot President “is ready not only to listen to Mr Annan but also to submit certain suggestions towards this direction”.

Invited to say whether President Papadopoulos will ask for the involvement of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, he said that ''this is not a suggestion, this is the position of the Cypriot government, and their involvement in the procedures to solve the Cyprus issue is self – evident''.

He pointed out that “the UN Security Council does not consist only of two permanent member states, but of five permanent and ten non permanent members. The Cyprus issue cannot be a monopoly, or an exclusive responsibility of some members''.

Regarding the meeting in Paris, he said that it is the result of a series of contacts President Papadopoulos had with the United Nations, adding that those who accuse the Cypriot President of being inactive are mistaken.

As regards the changes the Greek Cypriot side wishes to see in the Annan plan for a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem, he said ''we pursue substantive changes and not decorative ones. Any effort of any country on the Cyprus issue, should aim at this direction.”

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General's Spokesman Stephan Dujarric said today: "The meeting in Paris should be seen as the SG's continued consultations on the issue of Cyprus and of moving forward the process of reuniting Cyprus and that's as far as we can go right now".

"The Secretary General and President Tassos Papadopoulos have agreed to meet on 28 February in Paris in order to review the situation in Cyprus and discuss ways of moving forward the process of reuniting Cyprus", he added.

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