by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos wrapped up on his meetings here on Friday, with a working lunch he had with the five permanent members of the Security Council and a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou. On Saturday he had a farewell call from US Department of State’s Special Coordinator on Cyprus, Ambassador Thomas Weston.
Papadopoulos briefed UN Security Council five permanent members Permanent Representatives on the recent developments in the Cyprus question and thoroughly explained the Greek Cypriot side’s positions. Papadopoulos and the five Permanent Representatives exchanged views on the prospects of the Cyprus question.
In his remarks to the press after the lunch, Papadopoulos said ”nobody expects anything to be done before the ‘elections’ in Cyprus’ occupied areas” to take place in December.
Asked whether the Security Council will have a role to play during this period as regards Cyprus Papadopoulos replied negatively.
Papadopoulos met after his lunch with the Security Council five permanent members with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
Both Papadopoulos and Papandreou told GreekNews that their meeting reaffirmed unanimity in the handlings by the governments of Greece and Cyprus regarding the Cyprus problem.
”We reviewed our latest contacts, compared estimations and I can say that we remain firm to our positions”, Papadopoulos said, adding ”our common assessment is that the international community is waiting to see how things will go on, and that our positions are gaining support”.
Replying to a question regarding the US stance on the Cyprus question, Papandreou said a statement on Cyprus his US counterpart Colin Powell made at his meeting with the EU Foreign Ministers shows that the settlement of the Cyprus problem is a priority for the US.
”I believe that the continuation of the US engagement will be obvious and of course always within the UN Secretary General’s good offices”, Papandreou added.
Asked about his meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan President Papadopoulos said that he explained to Annan the Greek Cypriot side’s views.
”Annan listened carefully. Mainly he wanted to hear our views. I expressed our positions regarding the need for improvements in his plan, referring to the chapters of the plan for which we think amendments are necessary”, he added.
The US remains energetically and squarely involved in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman pledged here Friday after a meeting with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos. President Papadopoulos said there is a difference of views regarding whether or not observers should be sent to the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus during the so-called ”parliamentary elections” later this year.
In his statements, Grossman said he told the President ”that the US is squarely and energetically for a solution to the Cyprus problem, a solution that is fair and good for all the parties”.
Furthermore, he said the US continues ”to be impressed with the efforts of the Secretary General, to be impressed with the plan of the Secretary General”, adding that he had ”the chance to listen the President’s observation, where he thinks we are going”.
Invited by CNA to say what the obstacle was in efforts to bring about a solution, Grossman said ”the obstacles are, people in all sides need to commit themselves in resolving this problem”.
He reiterated that the US ”continues to believe that the possibility for Turkey’s entry to the EU is a positive thing” and expressed certainty that ”the path Cyprus is in now for the EU is a positive thing”.
Grossman further stressed that ”we ought to use the time between now and during next year”.