Spokesman: Political Equality does not mean Arithmetical Equality
Nicosia, Jun 24 – Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that political equality does not mean numerical equality, and noted UN relevant resolutions, which include relevant references and refer to joint communiqués issued by President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.
Invited to comment on statements by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Stephanou said that “when we are referring to the political equality we also add ‘as provided by the UN relevant resolutions’” adding that this reference is included in the July 8 Agreement reached between former Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, and the joint communiqués issued by President Christofias and Mr. Talat.
Asked about ongoing efforts to open the Limnitis crossing point, Mr. Stephanou said he had no information whether the opening will be announced during European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso’s visit to the island this week.
He said that the crossing point could have opened a long time ago and that this is an issue for the two communities to decide. “And I reiterate that we on our side have made everything possible, we have been working hard for its opening,” he added.
Asked about Mr. Barroso’s visit to Cyprus, the Spokesman said that this offers a very good opportunity to President Christofias to discuss with him about the Cyprus question and issues concerning the EU as an EU member state.
He said that President Christofias is in constant contact with Mr. Barroso and informs him about developments in the Cyprus question, adding that “we are working so that the EU plays the role it has to play to assist efforts for a Cyprus settlement.”
Former President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on July 8, 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of then UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, 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 of the Cyprus problem.