Remarks by the Government Spokesman after President Anastasiades’ meeting with Mr Espen Barth Eide

If all interested parties approach the meeting in Geneva through the perspective of reaching a successful outcome, there is no reason for either the EU or the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council not to be present, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, said, clarifying, at the same time, that the representation of the Republic of Cyprus at the conference is a given fact.

In his remarks to reporters yesterday evening, at the Presidential Palace, after a meeting of the President of the Republic with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, the Spokesman said that it is a common belief that it is necessary for all parties involved to make use of this time period, until the leaders go to Geneva, so that those prospects will be created in order to reach a successful outcome in Switzerland.

It is the beginning of the road, but it is very important to create the foundation, in terms of progress both on the five chapters relating to the internal dimension of the Cyprus problem as well as on the chapter of Security and Guarantees, so that we can be optimistic for a successful conference in Geneva.

Asked whether the issue of those who will be present at the conference on Cyprus in Geneva has been clarified, the Spokesman said that the issue concerning the Republic of Cyprus is very clear. The Republic of Cyprus is a signatory party to an international treaty that will be discussed in Geneva and it cannot be absent.

He added that our position, our persistence for the need of the EU and the five Permanent Members to be present is not intended for communication reasons or communication tactics. We think that in this critical phase that we are in, both the EU and the Security Council can have added value in the effort that is being made, so that we will have a successful result. Consequently, if all interested parties approach the meeting in Geneva from the same perspective, in other words, to reach a successful outcome, if that is what is sought by everyone, then there is no reason either for the EU or the five Permanent Members of the Security Council not to be present.

Source: Press and Informtion Office