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No issue right now of looking for new negotiator, spokesman says

Nicos Christodoulides

There is no currently no issue of seeking a new Greek Cypriot chief negotiator, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday, in response to press reports on the issue earlier in the day.

The spokesman was commenting on the sidelines of a charity basketball match between members of the presidential palace staff, including a handful of ministers, and journalists from Sigma TV.

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis is a candidate for the post of President of the UN General Assembly. The election is due to take place in the second half of June, and if Mavroyiannis is successful, he would take over the post at the end of August, Christodoulides said.

“Until then we will not concern ourselves with this issue,” he said, adding that the negotiators of the two sides were still meeting three times a week. The talks between the two leaders has slowed due to upcoming parliamentary elections on the Greek Cypriot side. Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

Asked whether the change in ‘government’ in the north appeared to be producing more hardline rhetoric in recent weeks, the spokesman said, the Greek Cypriot side was watching the developments closely and there might be, he said, generally speaking, factions within the Turkish Cypriot political sphere that did not support the negotiators process.

However it was not the government’s place to engage itself in Turkish Cypriot politics, Christodoulides said.

“The Cyprus issue will be resolved at the negotiating table and it is from there that the course of the negotiations will be judged,” he added.

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