Clerides says Annan will not submit documents in Paris
Larnaca, Sep 4 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said it has been
made clear the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will not submit any
documents at the meeting he will have Friday in Paris with Clerides and
Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
Speaking to the press at Larnaca Airport prior to his departure for Paris, Clerides said "we were not given any hint that the Secretary General will make any suggestions regarding the different positions" of the two sides.
"From what we've been told, the Secretary General wants to listen to the two sides, identify the differences and make his own assessments," Clerides added.
He noted that the UN Security Council would convene Monday to be briefed on developments on Cyprus.|
Invited to say whether the US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston elaborated during their meeting this morning in Nicosia on his statements yesterday in Athens about "new alternatives and options", that must be sought by the UN Secretary General, if no breakthrough is achieved until December, Clerides said the US envoy did not refer to any option or alternative.
"Weston stressed the need for the talks to carry on but did not make any suggestion about how to bridge the differences," he added.
President Clerides made it clear that "no plan has been put forward to us for an alternative solution to the core issues," adding that he meant the issue of sovereignty and whether a new state will be created or the Cyprus Republic will continue to exist.
Referring to the Paris meetings, Clerides said Annan would hold on Friday morning separate meetings with him and Denktash. Then Annan, Clerides and Denktash will meet at the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Advisor for Cyprus Alvaro De Soto. Later on Annan will give a working lunch for them.
Invited to say whether he expects that the UN will submit any documents during the talks in Paris, the Cypriot President said "I exclude the possibility of having any documents submitted. It has been made clear that the Secretary General will not submit any documents but will listen to both sides," he added.
Invited to comment on Rauf Denktash's position that if the matter of citizenship is settled this will lead to an agreement on sovereignty, Clerides noted that "if the issue of sovereignty is settled then the issue of citizenship will be settled automatically" as "these two are connected."
Answering a question about Turkey's insistence to secure from the EU Copenhagen Summit in December a date for the start of accession negotiations with the EU, Clerides did not rule out the possibility for such a date to be fixed but under certain preconditions.
Asked whether the Cyprus problem will be included in these preconditions, Clerides said: "I think yes."
He said when he comes back from Paris he will brief the National Council (top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem).
Undersecretary to the President Pantelis Kouros accompanies President Clerides to Paris.
Tomorrow another two of President Clerides' aides, Attorney General Alecos Markides and Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, will also fly to the french capital.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 peer cent of its territory.