Nicosia, Feb 20 (CNA) — The second meeting of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem ended here Friday and talks will resume on Tuesday. The talks resumed Thursday between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and their respective delegations at Nicosia Airport, in the UN-controlled buffer zone, under UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto. The aim is to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem before May 1st, 2004, when Cyprus officially enters the European Union.
Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said that the Greek Cypriot side responds to its obligations towards the UN Secretary Genera Kofi Annan, during the negotiation process.
Commenting on public remarks by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that the focused on the site where the building of the central government will be located, the Spokesman said that the discussion of such issues should by no means be interpreted as giving messages of either progress, pessimism or optimism as regards to the result of the negotiations.
He stressed that ”our side responds, during the negotiations, to the obligations undertaken according to the UN Secretary General’s letter dated 4 February 2004”.
”The issues of the building facilities, the flag or the anthem might seem technical and procedural, but their political implications should not be underestimated. Above all the study of these issues should by no means be interpreted as sending messages of either progress or deadlock, optimism or pessimism for the outcome of the negotiations”, the Spokesman added.
Noting that those issues are included in the agenda of the talks set by the UN Secretary General, the Spokesman said ”they must be taken into consideration by the interlocutors and that is what we are doing, we respond to our obligations even if we don’t consider that these are matters of priority, even if we believe that there are many other more important matters”.