Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides will reiterate the Greek Cypriot side’s readiness for resuming the Cyprus talks in a meeting he is expected to have with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Rome on Thursday.
According to government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou on Wednesday, the minister will travel to the Italian capital to attend a donor conference for the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA and another conference that will be held on the same day in support of Lebanon.
Christodoulides is expected to have a brief, 15-minute meeting with Guterres on Thursday.
Prodromou said Christodoulides will raise the issue of Turkey’s “aggressive, provocative behaviour” and brief him on the latest developments.
“The foreign minister will reiterate at the same time that our side is ready for negotiations within the parameters of the UN,” Prodromou said.
He added that this clarification is necessary, “because a lot is being said, not from our side”.
He added that Christodoulides will stress to Guterres that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to negotiate a solution within the parameters set by the UNSG.
“It will be made clear that no other solutions are considered, on account of what is being heard on the other side,” he said.
“Our side considers that we cannot allow the Turkish side to take the initiative by keeping the process of negotiations pending, maintaining the stagnation and, in the meantime, by submitting, by various methods, elements which are completely outside the logic of a solution as envisaged by the United Nations,” Prodromou said.
He added that the Greek Cypriot side will reiterate to the UNSG that it is ready to engage in a new dialogue provided that Turkey’s illegal actions in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone cease.
Prodromou said that pressure is needed on the Turkish side. “Turkey has created a setting that far from favours negotiations and the Turkish Cypriot side has not even responded to the proposal made for a preliminary meeting between the leaders of the two sides,” he said.
“It is obvious that instead of discussing how dialogue will resume, we constantly hear suggestions that show other goals.”
He referred to demands of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots on “timetables, proposals to seek agreement outside the United Nations, we have heard them suggest that there is a debate about gas – a matter that is outside of negotiations.”
Prodromou said that Christodoulides’ meeting with Guterres was important. “This is a negotiation made within the UN, by the UN, with their Good Offices. It is the only way for the final conciliation and the achievement of a real agreement for a solution of the Cyprus problem,” Prodromou said.
On the sidelines of the two UN conferences, Christodoulides will reportedly meet with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano to discuss bilateral issues and especially Cyprus-Italian cooperation in the field of energy.