Consultations with the UN Secretariat-General are continuing, as SG Antonio Guterres intends to convene a meeting with the two leaders, and all that remains is for the time and place to be decided, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said.
Speaking to the Press from the Presidential Palace, Prodromos Prodromou was asked whether there was anything new about the trilateral meeting between the President of Cyprus, the UN Secretary-General and the Turkish-Cypriot leader, for which he responded that “consultations with the UN Secretariat-General are ongoing, as the SG intends to convene a meeting with the two leaders. All that remains is for the time and place to be decided.
The Cypriot President, throughout this process, has always stayed positive and today he is working with the UN”.
He added that when a settlement is reached, it will be announced.
When asked when Miss Lute will arrive in Cyprus, the Spokesman replied, “We know there is interest in her coming to Cyprus; one assumes before meeting the SG”.
As yesterday’s meeting between the Cypriot President and the Turkish-Cypriot leader at a UN event in Cyprus was brought up, the Spokesman commented on the subject: “it was an opportunity to meet; it was a social event, an important, symbolic event for the UN, and they exchanged nice comments”.
When he was asked to comment on Turkish Foreign Minister’s references to the Cyprus issue, the Spokesman stressed that “The Turkish Government has at times taken various stances. The UN made it clear long ago that the terms of reference need to be concluded, and on this basis the President has always worked in a positive spirit with the UN”.
He added that “the President of Cyprus is in constant cooperation with the UN and what is foreseen is the SG’s initiative to organize a meeting between him and the two sides in the near future.
The President endorsed this prospect long ago and has left open the possibility of some consultation with the guarantor forces, in order to resume substantive negotiations. It is now up to the SG to invite both sides, and the President is focused on this cooperation with Mr. Guterres in the context of this wider effort”.
When asked whether Nicosia is worried that by taking stances, such as the one by the Turkish Foreign Minister, the trilateral meeting may not finally take place, the Spokesman responded, “Nicosia obviously follows all developments and all takes on the subject.
The President is focused on working with the SG, whose initiative is ongoing. What is heard in the meantime, whether it’s constructive or appealing, it is out there, and we hear it. It is important that the President has made constructive proposals from time to time; for example, the Cypriot President has been proposing the meeting of the two leaders and the SG for a long time, as our side seeks to restart negotiations on the well-known basis, that is, in our joint statement with which the negotiations, convergences and the SG’s six points began in the first place. This is how things are; what the Turkish Government is trying to do, say or imply, we are watching and taking all of it into consideration.
Yet the President is focused on working with the SG”.
Finally, in another question, the Spokesman said that “at this moment the President, our side, is in talks with the Secretary-General for a joint meeting with the two leaders, with the goal of reaching the terms of reference and relaunching the negotiations”. /ibna