The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades reiterated his determination and willingness to participate in an informal meeting to create the conditions for a creative dialogue around the Cyprus issue.
Speaking to reporters while attending the InBusiness Awards ceremony, to a question regarding his earlier phone conversation with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Jane Holl Lute, the President replied that “we had a conversation with Miss Lute; we exchanged views and wishes first of all, but also views on the current state of the Cyprus issue.
I restated to her my determination and willingness to participate in an informal meeting whenever the UN Secretary-General would like to convene it, in order to set the conditions for a creative dialogue, while at the same time I did not fail to point out to her that Turkey’s activity, unfortunately, instead of contributing towards a positive ambiance that everyone looks forward to in a creative dialogue, through their actions, violations of the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, they intensify the concerns and cultivate a negative climate. She pledged (ed. Lute) to forward to the Secretary-General what I have mentioned to her”.
Asked if Jane Holl Lute had any messages from the Turkish Cypriot leader with whom she also spoke on the phone, the President responded negatively.
To a question regarding whether Miss Lute had proposed a meeting with the Turkish-Cypriot leader, President Anastasiades replied this was not the case, adding that it was not up to Miss Lute for this issue to happen, but it wass a matter of the SG whenever and wherever he deemed it appropriate, of course.
He also focused on Turkey’s stance “which did not want the five-part meeting, while at the same time it believes that current political developments, whether in England or elsewhere, do not allow for anything like that to happen”.
Called to comment on whether they discussed anything with Miss Lute on the issue of the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution, the President stressed that she “told me that she was awaiting the adoption of the resolution tomorrow”. /ibna