United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
The UN ended the confusion created mostly by statements made by Secretary General Ban ki-Monn, during his press conference on Wednesday afternoon, and with a written statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General, announced his visit to Cyprus, from January 31 to February 2.
The statement says:
“The Secretary-General spoke today with his Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, regarding the intensive talks currently under way between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders.
The United Nations is committed to help the leaders find a solution. The Secretary-General would like to personally show his support for their efforts, and has decided in that regard to travel to Cyprus, from 31 January to 2 February. While in Cyprus, he will hold discussions with the leaders as well as with his Special Adviser, focusing on the state of progress in the talks, and on how best the United Nations can continue to assist their efforts.
The international community has tremendous goodwill for Cyprus and a strong interest in seeing the Cypriots arrive at a solution.”
Earlier on, the Secretary General answering questions raised by the “Greek News” he said:
Q: Mr. Secretary-General do you intend to go to Cyprus and if yes is it enough progress made for you to visit?
S-G: As I have repeatedly said I’m waiting to visit Cyprus to give my help, to assist the negotiation at any time appropriate. I’ m still waiting to be briefed by my Special Envoy, Alexander Downer. I know that the negotiations had been continuing until today and we need some more time to assess and evaluate the situation. I understand that there has been POSITIVE MOVEMENT and as soon as I receive some update from my Special Envoy I will be able to decide when to visit Cyprus.
Q: The talks will continue until Friday as Mr. Downer said, so the decision will be made on Friday if this is the case?
S-G: I have to be advised and briefed by Mr. Downer. I had a talk this morning with him but still it is not clear.