Certain statements by the Turkish side aim to divert the attention from the aim of the effort on Cyprus, Prodromou says

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Monday that certain statements made by the Turkish side on the Cyprus problem aim at diverting the attention away from the goal of reaching an agreement on the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of the negotiations aiming to solve the Cyprus problem.

He was invited to comment statements made by the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said that during his recent visit to the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus everyone agreed that they are open to all options on the Cyprus question.

Prodromou underlined that the Greek Cypriot side thinks that it is possible to reach an agreement on the terms of reference by taking into account the Guterres Framework, that can help in order to give answers to very significant issues of the negotiations, and the convergences reached so far.

“The Turkish FM or anyone else can make comments. The essence is that there is right now a concrete initiative and as the President of the Republic (Nicos Anastasiades) has said it is expected from Turkey, and the Turkish side in general to submit its positions clearly as regards the resumption of the negotiations within the UN framework,” Prodromou said.

He recalled that the UNSGs envoy Jane Holl Lute will be in Cyprus this weekend and that her meeting with President Anastasiades has been arranged for Sunday, adding that the aim of her mission is for the two sides to conclude an agreement on the terms of reference so that the talks can resume.

Moreover, Prodromou said that the resumption of the talks means that the discussion will take place on the basis of the UN parameters, which are the UN resolutions and decisions. This is something very concrete and this is where we focus our attention, he underlined.

He stressed that the aim is for the talks to resume the soonest possible, adding that “we think that it is possible to have the terms of reference and resume the negotiations as long as, as the President of the Republic has repeatedly said, the preconditions for substantive negotiations are met.”

This is what Lutes effort is aiming at, a good preparation for the resumption of the talks, he added.

Asked if Lute is expected is to bring with her a draft document on the terms of reference, Prodromou said that “we shall see on Sunday.”

This is the third meeting (with Lute) and we expect that we will make one more step forward, he added.

Asked if a bilateral meeting will take place in Nicosia between Cyprus President and the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras – who will be in Cyprus for the EU Southern Countries Summit taking place on Tuesday afternoon – in view of Tsipras meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the beginning of February – Prodromou said that a meeting between Anastasiades and Tsipras will probably take place for various reasons, and will be announced once it is arranged.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency