Prospects for a Cyprus settlement, and what has been achieved during the latest round of the UN-led peace talks must not be lost, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Tuesday.
If the dialogue resumes on the basis of the framework set out by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the timeframe for a solution would be short, Kasoulides said following a ceremony for the presentation of credentials for the new German ambassador to Cyprus.
Kasoulides said Guterres had requested all sides to use this time as a reflection period and look into ways in which things could move forward.
“President Anastasiades has expressed on many occasions our readiness to discuss in the framework of the six points determined by the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as long as everything will be prepared for a new Conference during which it will not be expected to solve everything at a dinner,” the foreign minister added.
Asked if nothing substantive should be expected on the Cyprus issue because of the 2018 presidential elections, he said he could not say.
In an election campaign each candidate sends his own message, he said.
Kasoulides said the prospect of a settlement, as well as what was achieved during the recent talks must not be lost and that once talks resume they must not last as long as the previous round because discussions would begin from an advanced point, such as the six-point framework set out by Guterres.
He said timeframes are established on the basis of the progress made at the talks. “Therefore if we begin on the basis of the Guterres framework, then the time will be short,” he added.