Cyprus President hopes talks on Cyprus will take place
Larnaca, Apr 10 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said he hoped
that preparations for talks on the Cyprus problem will take place and
the issues that were decided in the Paris meeting with the UN chief will
President Papadopoulos was speaking before his departure to India for an official five-day visit at the invitation of Indian President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, from April 11 to 16.
A joint statement issued after President Papadopoulos' February meeting in Paris with SG Kofi Annan said ''the leaders of both communities 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 whether UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus Michael Moller during their last meeting, provided answers as to whether the Turkish Cypriot side has given any explanations for its delay in answering if it accepts what was agreed in Paris, President Papadopoulos said "we hope that finally the start of the preparations for talks will become possible and that the discussion of the issues as set out in my meeting in Paris with the UN Secretary-General will take place".
President Papadopoulos said the government has adopted a self-imposed restriction on statements concerning efforts to resume the dialogue for a Cyprus settlement.
However, he emphasized that "despite Ankara's pursuits or expediencies, our aim and goal has always been to properly prepare a new round of negotiations for a Cyprus settlement".