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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-01-13

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

  • [01]Tuesday, 13 January 2004 President Papadopoulos reiterates G/C side's readiness to resume peace talks on the basis of Annan Plan
  • [02] UN Chief sends response to President Papadopoulos

    [01] President Papadopoulos reiterates G/C side's readiness to resume peace talks on the basis of Annan Plan

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, reiterated yesterday the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side to resume UN-sponsored talks, on the basis of the Annan Plan, to discuss issues concerning the functionality and viability of the plan. "Whenever the UN Secretary-General calls us we are ready to respond", President Papadopoulos said, noting that he had sent a letter to Mr Kofi Annan asking him to call for new talks. Asked about prospects of finding a settlement after the formation of the so- called government in the Turkish-occupied areas, Mr Papadopoulos said the position of the Turkish side was still uncertain, adding that "we are waiting to see the position of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side". Invited to say whether a solution of the Cyprus problem was still possible by 1 May 2004, the date of the Republic's official accession to the European Union, the President said "there is time, if there is political will", noting that there was a lot of work to be done. Asked to comment on the Turkish Cypriot leader's recent statement that the Annan Plan was still on the table, President Papadopoulos said it was different from what Rauf Denktash was saying that far about the plan being "dead". Mr Papadopoulos recalled a previous statement by Mr Denktash calling for an effort to find the right basis for negotiations without making any reference to the Annan plan, which the Greek Cypriot side considered as the basis for talks. "Mr Erdogan [Turkish Prime Minister] has not made any reference to the Annan Plan in his two latest statements either", President Papadopoulos further said, noting Mr Denktash's statement after a meeting with Mr Erdogan that he was very satisfied and in full agreement with the Turkish Premier's views.

    [02] UN Chief sends response to President Papadopoulos

    The UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, has sent a letter to President Tassos Papadopoulos as a reply to Mr Papadopoulos' letter of 17 December 2003, in which he reiterates the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to resume UN-led peace talks on the basis of the Annan Plan and invites the UN Chief to call for a resumption of the talks. Announcing that the letter had been sent, the UN Secretary-General's spokesman, Mr Fred Eckhard, said yesterday that the content of the letter was in line with Mr Annan's long-standing position on Cyprus. Asked if there had been other letters sent to the other parties involved, the UN Spokesman said he was not aware of any.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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