United Nations.- By Apostolis Zoupaniotis
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, who are to meet in Paris on February 28th, will review the situation in Cyprus and discuss ways of moving forward the process of reuniting the island, UN Secretary General’s Spokesman Stephan Dujarric has said.
Asked whether UN Secretary General now sees a window of opportunity for resuming his good offices in Cyprus, the UN Spokesman said that the meeting in Paris “should be seen as his continued consultations on the issue of Cyprus and of moving forward the process of reuniting Cyprus and that’s as far we can go right now”.
“The Secretary General and President Tassos Papadopoulos have agreed to meet on 28 February in Paris in order to review the situation in Cyprus and discuss ways of moving forward the process of reuniting Cyprus”, he said.
Regarding the agenda of the meeting in Paris, he said “the agenda is that they both agreed to meet and the agenda as I’ve stated is to review the situation in Cyprus and to discuss ways of moving forward the process of reuniting Cyprus.”
About the Turkish proposals for Cyprus, he said that ”there’s a lot of studying being done.”
”There’s a lot of studying to be done. When there’s a verdict I will let you know,” he added.
Asked whether the UNDP, that has established a Fund for the development of the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, has taken any action, the Spokesman referred to the people of the UNDP.
Thursday evening, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said he has examined the proposal of the Turkish government on Cyprus and is talking to other stakeholders on it.
Replying to a question about the proposal, Annan said ”I have examined it and I am talking to other stakeholders about it.”
“As you know, I will be seeing President [Tassos] Papadopoulos to discuss the whole Cyprus issue, including this issue,” he added.