Rehn's position towards Turkey correct, says President Papadopoulos
Larnaca, Mar 9 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said that EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn's statements that Turkey must keep its word by implementing the Ankara Agreement and its obligations towards Cyprus consist ''a correct position, reminding Turkey's obligations towards the EU and Cyprus''.
Speaking to the press at Larnaca Airport upon his return from Athens, where he held talks with the Greek political leadership, President Papadopoulos said ''I think Mr Rehn was clear, and as he himself has reassured us, each time he has meetings he reiterates the same call to Turkey, to fulfill its obligations''.
Asked about the next steps, after his meeting in Paris with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on February 28, President Papadopoulos said ''we expect the United Nations to inform us about the procedure to be followed and Turkey's answer if it will accept to contribute to this initiative.''
A statement issued after the meeting in Paris said that “the leaders of both communities (in Cyprus) have agreed that bicommunal discussions on a series of issues, agreement on which is needed for the benefit of all Cypriots, will be undertaken at the technical level”.
Asked if there are indications that Turkey will consent to what has been agreed in Paris, Papadopoulos said ''no nothing''.
As regards the issues to be discussed at the technical committees, President Papadopoulos said that these concern two parallel procedures. The first one concerns the preparation of the talks and the second one confidence building measures, he added.
He said the progress of each procedure depends on the progress of the other one.
He also said that UN Secretary General agreed that this whole procedure can open the road for preparing the talks ''and that according to the progress made he (Annan) will think about his further actions.''
Regarding his meeting in Athens, Papadopoulos said he discussed the Cyprus question.
''As always we have ascertained the full support of Greece to actions and efforts by the Republic of Cyprus as in the recent initiative we have undertaken for the preparation of the resumption of talks in Cyprus,'' he added.