UN solution plan basis for negotiations, says Athens
Nicosia, Nov 11 (CNA) -- A UN blueprint on a political settlement in Cyprus
should be a basis for negotiations, Greek government spokesman Christos
Protopapas said today, pointing out that there must not be prohibitive
timeframes for the peace talks on Cyprus.
Speaking after a meeting in Athens to discuss the UN document, to be communicated later today to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Protopapas also said that Greece has received assurances that the UN plan will be consistent with European laws.
The UN will also communicate their blueprint to the three guarantor powers of Cyprus' independence and territorial integrity, namely Greece, Britain and Turkey.
''We wish to see a viable and just settlement which is consistent with UN resolutions and the acquis communautaire. We consider the UN plan to be a basis for negotiations and not an ultimatum,'' Protopapas stressed.
On the same issue, Foreign Minister George Papandreou said both Greece and Athens have always sought to be engaged in real negotiations on Cyprus.
''We have no information about the UN document at this stage, we shall see the final document tonight, what we want is to see substantive negotiations actually taking place,'' the minister said.
Replying to questions, he said Greece had not asked the UN to put in place any timeframe for negotiations and expressed hope for a solution as soon as possible.
The minister said he has already been in touch with his Russian and American counterparts with regard to Cyprus.
Papandreou said premier Costas Simitis is expected to make a public statement after he receives the UN document, which will be given to party leaders in Greece as well. Simitis will have another telephone conversation with President Glafcos Clerides immediately after the President takes delivery of the UN document.
Government Spokesman did not rule out a visit by Clerides to Athens following discussion of the UN document by the political leadership in Cyprus.|