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Cyprus President and UN envoy to meet in Nicosia on July 6
2006-06-20 14:25:09

Nicosia, Jun 20 - UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari arrives in Cyprus on July 6, and will meet with President Tassos Papadopoulos on that same day.

Regarding press reports that Mr. Gambari has asked for a joint meeting between Mr. Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said: "President Papadopoulos has absolutely no problem with meeting Mr. Talat, on the contrary he would like such meeting which will take place not to create impressions but to be a meeting of substance".

"In order for such a meeting to be productive and creative, it should be sufficiently prepared so that it will not fail and reach a deadlock", Mr. Pashiardis added before noting that the UN have not made any effort to arrange such a meeting.

"A possible failure of such meeting will not only damage the UN's prestige, it will also be an irreparable blow to the whole effort to open the road that will lead to a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem," he also said.

Mr. Pashiardis also noted that the Cyprus problem is at a stage where it does not accept any experimentation, nor impressive gimmicks. "The Turkish side has every reason to pursue making impressions. Our side has no reason to help the Turkish side in its pursuit, however it has every reason to aim for the substance and to pursue negotiations that will have the necessary preconditions to be useful and productive".

And in order to be useful and productive, he added, "the necessary actions and work must take place beforehand so that a meeting between President Papadopoulos and Mr. Talat will not be a meeting merely for making impressions but will be a meeting of substance and prospect, excluding failure and deadlock and promising success and results".

Asked if a sign of preparation would be the operation of the technical committees, agreed in Paris, Mr. Pashiardis said that a "significant example of sufficient preparation of the negotiations would surely be the implementation of what was agreed in Paris during President Papadopoulos' meeting with the UN Secretary-General".

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