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Government Spokesman: Turkey must adjust its stance to reach a solution
2009-09-11 09:26:20

Nicosia, Sep 7 – Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has urged Turkey to adjust its stance accordingly so that a solution to the Cyprus problem is found the soonest possible.

In statements during his daily briefing on September 7, the Spokesman said that the Greek Cypriot side has held a constructive stance at the negotiating table and dismissed allegations that the Greek Cypriot side is delaying the process.

“On the contrary,” he said, noting that the Greek Cypriot side wants a solution the soonest possible, but a solution that “will be based on concrete positions and principles.”

“We are fully in line with the principles of international and European law. If Turkey wants a solution the soonest, it would be better to adjust its stance accordingly”, he stressed.

Mr. Stephanou, while speaking about the second round of the direct negotiations, noted that the first chapters to be discussed will be governance and properties, and added that all other chapters will be on the table as well, in an effort to reach convergence.

The Spokesman said that the general principle characterizing the Cyprus talks is that nothing is considered as agreed, unless an overall solution is found.

“We know that there are convergences and differences, we bear that in mind and continue negotiations but the aim is an overall solution and not an agreement on separate issues or on a group of issues,” he noted.

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