Prodromou: The tripartite is an opportunity for the next steps in the Cyprus problem

Prodromou: The tripartite is an opportunity for the next steps in the Cyprus problem

The President of the Republic of Cyprus views the trilateral meeting next Monday, in Berlin, as an opportunity for the UN Secretary-General to discuss with the two leaders what the next steps will be, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said today.

In a statement to reporters at the Presidential Palace, to the question what are the expectations of the forthcoming trilateral meeting of the President of the Republic with the UN Secretary-General and the Turkish Cypriot leader in Berlin, he said that “we have said from the beginning and it is indeed an important opportunity. The President of the Republic views it as an opportunity for the SG to discuss with the two leaders what the next steps will be. It is well known that the position of the President, of the Greek Cypriot side, is that we can have what we call the terms of reference, that is, the right ground for the negotiations to begin, that we can have the informal meeting that is being discussed in the near future, to be done with the composition of the conference in Crans Montana.

It is now up to the meeting in Berlin to see how things will go. The President of the Republic goes with the political will to not only pursue, but to start negotiations as soon as possible. This is the President’s pursuit from the aftermath of the ‘wreck’ in Crans Montana”.

In a journalist’s remark that it seems that the expectations of the meeting have been raised and asked if something has changed, the Spokesman said, “It is not a question of whether something has changed. I reiterate the clear position of the President of the Republic. The President of the Republic, while expressing his readiness, has made it clear that he also depends on the other side. We will not speculate nor consider the possibilities. It is a matter of political decisions.

The President of the Republic has his political position, which he will submit on Monday at this meeting, as he has repeatedly submitted it to the SG and the UN. We hope that we will be able to take this step to have the negotiations resumed. Of course it depends on the other side as well”.

Asked about the issue of a government reshuffle, the Spokesman said that the President of the Republic has stated “that it will be done in due time. When he decides that he has some decisions to announce, they will be announced”./ibna