The basic conditions that could constitute the terms of reference have been set, President of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades said today, while speaking about his meeting with the UN Secretary-General and the Turkish-Cypriot leader on November 25, adding that any attempt to provide answers in advance on issues that should be talked about at the table of discussion would be inconceivable.
Speaking to the press after the memorial service for the former President of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides at the Konstantintou kai Elenis Church, President Anastasiades stated that “today we honor the leader who left his mark through his infamous patriotic, fighting realism, his pragmatism which was a sign of a visionary politician.
We honor the man who left his mark in general as a politician with morals, and I personally honor my political mentor, my political father”.
When asked whether any meeting is scheduled with either the Turkish-Cypriot leader or the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute in preparation for the November 25 meeting, the Cypriot President responded that “there is a possibility Miss Lute will be in Cyprus before November 25th, when the tripartite meeting will be held in Berlin”.
In a question regarding his expectations from the tripartite meeting on November 25, President Anastasiades replied that “the basic conditions that could constitute the terms of reference have been set. In addition, any attempt for an answer to be imposed or to be given in advance regarding issues that should be talked about at the table of discussion, I find it to be unthinkable, both as an attempt and as a political action, either on our part or on behalf of the Turkish-Cypriots”.
Called to comment on AKEL’s criticism that some of his suggestions drift away from the Guterres framework and from previous agreements, the President of Cyprus stressed that “one advice I would like to give to AKEL: it should finally grasp that it represents the Greek-Cypriots as well. No further comments”. /ibna