Action on Cyprus talks depends on goodwill, says Spokesman
Nicosia, Feb 13 - Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes has said that action on the Cyprus problem in 2007 depends on the goodwill of both sides in regard to cooperating for the implemention of the July 8th agreement.
Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on July 8th 2006, in the presence of then UN Undersecretary General for political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, had agreed to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.
Asked whether 2007 would be a year of mobility or preparation regarding efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, and also invited to clarify a statement made by President Papadopoulos in an interview with a Greek newspaper that he continues to believe that no time must be lost in 2007 due to elections, the Spokesman said:
“President Papadopoulos’ statement in that interview was clear. He expressed the conviction that 2007 should not be lost the Greek Cypriot side’s belief is that every opportunity should be exploited in order to achieve progress. “
He added: “Surely, this step for progress towards solving the Cyprus problem does not solely depend on us, it also depends on the other side.”
The Spokesman also noted that the United Nations and the international community are now making efforts to promote the July 8th agreement. He then reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to cooperate to achieve the implementation of the July 8th agreement.