Nicosia.- (GreekNewsOnline, CNA)
President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, will meet again with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on the Cyprus problem, Jane Holl Lute, in the coming days, after her meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, according to Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou.
In statements to the media, Prodromou said that Sunday’s meeting between Anastasiades and Lute was creative and productive and that there was a discussion on the terms of reference and the crucial issues of the Cyprus problem. He said, however that amid crucial consultations on the continuation of Cyprus’ talks, it was better to avoid comments.
Lute who arrived to Cyprus on Friday evening had a meeting on Saturday with the UNSG’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar and her team on Cyprus. The UNSG’s envoy will hold a meeting on Monday morning with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. She is expected to remain on the island 5 days for consultation aimed to find the terms of reference for the resumption of the negotiations.
Replying to questions, Prodromou clarified that Lute didn’t present anything in writing yet.
On whether Lute has conveyed any encouraging messages from Ankara, following her meeting last Thursday with Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Prodromou said that the UNSG envoy “has a specific role and does not convey messages.”
“There has been a discussion on the terms of reference and, more generally, on the crucial issues of the Cyprus problem,” Prodromou said.
Present at the meeting were also Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis, Prodromou, and the Director of the President’s Diplomatic Office Kyriakos Kouros.
Referring to an interview President Anastasiades gave to Euronews and his references regarding Cyprus’ natural resources, Prodromou said that what President Anastasiades said is that it should be clear that since natural and energy wealth of the island is in the state’s responsibility on behalf of all Cypriots, the Turkish Cypriot community will have its share.
He went on to say that it would take at least five years for the commercial exploitation of Cyprus’ natural gas and that until then there is plenty of time to have a settlement of the Cyprus problem.
“Under an agreement for a solution, we will refer to the convergence achieved in the past during the negotiations about a reasonable allocation of gas revenues,” he added. Therefore, he said, “no one could claim that the Republic of Cyprus, on behalf of the Greek Cypriots alone, is trying to take advantage of the natural wealth”.
“On the contrary, the Republic of Cyprus acts on behalf of all its citizens and when the time comes for revenues, there will be a mechanism for sharing the allocation of the benefit to all Cypriot citizens,” he said.
It is important that the USΑ no longer approaches the Republic of Cyprus on the basis of developments in the Cyprus issue or their relations with Turkey, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Sunday, noting that this is the first time that the US sends a clear massage regarding the exercise of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
Christodoulides was invited to comment the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s interview to Kathimerini newspaper in Cyprus.
Mitchell`s statements are indicative of how the USA see their bilateral relations with Cyprus, the FM noted. “We are working together on the basis of a common approach which is not against any third country, on issues that we believe our cooperation can bring results in the Eastern Mediterranean, but also particularly on our bilateral relations,” he added.
“I think the message (sent by the US) regarding the exercise of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone is clear, for the first time in such an explicit way,” he added.
Responding to another question, Christodoulides said that as regards Cyprus’ EEZ Mitchell’s statement was clear “that Turkey’s position is endorsed only by Turkey and no one else”.
Cyprus FM noted that it is our responsibility to do all the necessary actions “and we continue to do it, so that the Republic of Cyprus`s energy planning can continue unhindered£.