We are doing our utmost for successful outcome in talks, Spokesman says

The Greek Cypriot side is doing its utmost for a successful outcome in the Cyprus talks, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said on Sunday.

Christodoulides was replying to CyBC questions, in the village of Kyprerounda, a presidency press release issued here today says.

Invited to comment on a letter of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on UN SGs Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide he said that the content of the letter of Greeces Foreign Affairs Minister is what he has publicly referred to during his recent visit to Cyprus.

There are attitudes and actions by Mr Eide which do not find us in agreement and do not please us, he noted adding that what is important is to set very clearly the framework of operation of a Special Adviser and when he goes beyond that to make the necessary representations bearing in mind that this is the 27th UN Special Adviser on Cyprus and there has never been one with whom one or the other side was absolutely satisfied.

The Government Spokesman pointed out that the important thing would be not to repeat past mistakes giving the example of 2004 when with our sides consent the Special Adviser was given an enhanced role.

Something like that will not happen again, he added.

Replying to another question Christodoulides said that he does not wish to speak of dead-ends and noted that we are taking part in a process and we are doing our utmost, on our side, so that a (successful) outcome will be reached.

There is no-one who wishes more than us that there is an outcome from this process, he said.

He acknowledged however that at the same time there are problems and difficulties which arise through Turkeys stance and attitude, especially after Geneva putting forward positions which are outside the defined framework, positions which recant mutual understandings and convergences that had been reached.

Invited to comment on reports in the press that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades does not intend to sign a law passed by parliament on what dates will be commemorated in schools he replied that that as the Constitution provides the President and the government are in touch with the Attorney General adding that decisions will be made within the defined time frame of 15 days.

As soon as relevant decisions are made the relevant announcements will follow, he noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades has described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House passed an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April. The talks resumed on April 11.

Source: Cyprus News Agency