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Spokesman: Cyprus talks must be resumed as soon as possible
2010-04-23 13:55:00

Nicosia, Apr. 22 --Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou reiterated the position of the Greek Cypriot side that the direct talks must be resumed as soon as possible on the agreed basis.

Following the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on April 22, Spokesman Stephanou stated that there is nothing concrete regarding when the talks will resume. He stressed that the negotiations must be resumed as soon as possible on the same basis that the two communities have agreed upon as well as on the basis of the UN resolutions.

Spokesman Stephanou said that the new developments in the Cyprus problem caused by the illegal “election” of Dervis Eroglu as the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, will be discussed during the three day meeting of the National Council scheduled to start on Monday, April 26. He reiterated that the clear and firm aim of President Christofias is to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem as soon as possible on the basis of the UN resolutions, the principles of the international and European law and the High Level Agreements.

Commenting on the President’s meeting with the Ambassadors of the P5 countries to Cyprus on April 21st, Spokesman Stephanou said that the President “reiterated and reaffirmed his wish and commitment to continue the negotiations to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. He reaffirmed, once again, his commitment and dedication to the basis of negotiation for a solution of bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality, as described in the relevant UN resolutions, for a single state with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality”. Mr Stephanou added that “the Ambassadors of the five Permanent Members fully shared the positions of the President of the Republic and welcomed the fact that the President of the Republic remains committed both to the continuation of the negotiations, from where we left off, and to the same basis that was agreed between the two communities before the beginning of the direct negotiations.” Referring to the issue of an international conference to discuss the Cyprus problem, Spokesman Stephanou said that “the President of the Republic reiterated the position he had expressed during his press conference, and pointed out again that the Cyprus problem, according to UN resolutions as well, is an issue whose internal aspects must be agreed on, resolved by the two communities, in the framework of the intercommunal dialogue. An international conference can take place in time, when they will move on to the external aspects of the Cyprus problem and to the discussion of issues concerning the international aspects of the Cyprus problem, in the framework of the UN, in the presence of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council, the European Union, the guarantor powers and of course the Republic of Cyprus.''

Asked whether the reference was made by President Christofias or by the five Permanent Members, the Government Spokesman said: ''Unavoidably, because it is an issue that is being discussed over the past period, President Christofias reiterated the position he has publicly expressed before; And on this issue we receive understanding, and the five Permanent Members fully understand and support this position.''

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