No interim agreement on the cards

first_imgThere can be no interim agreement on the Cyprus problem, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday, responding to rumours that UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide intends to table one at the second leg of the international Conference on Cyprus, which starts on Wednesday at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.Speaking to the Greek News Agency, Christodoulides said the Greek Cypriot side’s goal is “a comprehensive settlement”.With regard to a statement on Monday by Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes, that the conference is being forced on the parties by the United Nations, the spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is going to Switzerland “with the clear political will to create the prospects for optimism”.“[But] if Turkey continues to hold positions at Crans-Montana like the ones we heard in the last few days, there will not be a positive outcome, and Turkey will be responsible,” he said.On a contentious document proposed by Eide for a ‘Treaty of Implementation’ to govern post-solution arrangements, Christodoulides declined comment on “the details of a document that has no substance and cannot be used as a basis for discussions at the conference.”In a written statement on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades rejected a draft ‘common’ document prepared by Eide – which included the treaty proposal – supposed to form a guide for discussion on the chapter of security and guarantees, saying it did not reflect the Greek Cypriot side’s views and was thus neither common nor binding.The Greek Cypriot delegation for the conference left for Switzerland on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, various foreign diplomats voiced support for the upcoming conference, largely viewed as a final push for a comprehensive settlement.British Secretary of State, who will head the British delegation despite earlier reports that it would be headed by deputy secretary Sir Alan Duncan, said the conference is a “great opportunity” to find a solution.Following a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart in Paris, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “supports the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem”.“All interested parties should work in favour of a solution which will respond to the common wish of Cypriots to find again a united and peaceful island,” a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said.US ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty told the Cyprus News Agency that the conference is the “best chance in decades” to solve the Cyprus problem.“The US’ role in the peace process entails support and readiness to act in the appropriate way at the appropriate time to assist the leaders and the UN,” she said.A bi-communal grassroots movement created to nudge the leaders toward a solution, #UniteCyprusNow, has announced that a delegation of its members will travel to Crans-Montana in a show of support for the talks.“At this critical juncture in the Cyprus negotiations, ten volunteers from #UniteCyprusNow will be travelling to Crans-Montana to raise awareness about the importance of a solution among the international media and community, to encourage the leaders and to call on the guarantor powers to be constructive,” a statement said.The delegation’s trip is funded by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Sir Stelios Hadj-ioannou’s charity, which “has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace in Cyprus for many years”.The president and his entourage were  flown to Crans Montana with a helicopter. Video courtesy of Politis newspaperYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

first_imgThere can be no interim agreement on the Cyprus problem, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday, responding to rumours that UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide intends to table one at the second leg of the international Conference on Cyprus, which starts on Wednesday at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.Speaking to the Greek News Agency, Christodoulides said the Greek Cypriot side’s goal is “a comprehensive settlement”.With regard to a statement on Monday by Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes, that the conference is being forced on the parties by the United Nations, the spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is going to Switzerland “with the clear political will to create the prospects for optimism”.“[But] if Turkey continues to hold positions at Crans-Montana like the ones we heard in the last few days, there will not be a positive outcome, and Turkey will be responsible,” he said.On a contentious document proposed by Eide for a ‘Treaty of Implementation’ to govern post-solution arrangements, Christodoulides declined comment on “the details of a document that has no substance and cannot be used as a basis for discussions at the conference.”In a written statement on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades rejected a draft ‘common’ document prepared by Eide – which included the treaty proposal – supposed to form a guide for discussion on the chapter of security and guarantees, saying it did not reflect the Greek Cypriot side’s views and was thus neither common nor binding.The Greek Cypriot delegation for the conference left for Switzerland on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, various foreign diplomats voiced support for the upcoming conference, largely viewed as a final push for a comprehensive settlement.British Secretary of State, who will head the British delegation despite earlier reports that it would be headed by deputy secretary Sir Alan Duncan, said the conference is a “great opportunity” to find a solution.Following a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart in Paris, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “supports the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem”.“All interested parties should work in favour of a solution which will respond to the common wish of Cypriots to find again a united and peaceful island,” a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said.US ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty told the Cyprus News Agency that the conference is the “best chance in decades” to solve the Cyprus problem.“The US’ role in the peace process entails support and readiness to act in the appropriate way at the appropriate time to assist the leaders and the UN,” she said.A bi-communal grassroots movement created to nudge the leaders toward a solution, #UniteCyprusNow, has announced that a delegation of its members will travel to Crans-Montana in a show of support for the talks.“At this critical juncture in the Cyprus negotiations, ten volunteers from #UniteCyprusNow will be travelling to Crans-Montana to raise awareness about the importance of a solution among the international media and community, to encourage the leaders and to call on the guarantor powers to be constructive,” a statement said.The delegation’s trip is funded by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Sir Stelios Hadj-ioannou’s charity, which “has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace in Cyprus for many years”.The president and his entourage were  flown to Crans Montana with a helicopter. Video courtesy of Politis newspaperYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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