Days only before President Anastasiades flies to New York for the UN General Assembly he met yesterday ambassadors of the permanent members of the Security Council.
He is preparing the ground for a fruitful outcome of the US visit in view of the resumption next moth of a new round of UN-brokered peace talks on Cyprus.
Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said: “It will be a very important visit and the President intends – before his presence at the United Nations – to make his views known to the big countries, especially the permanent members of the Security Council.”
Anastasiades met China’s Liu Xinsheng and British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd who told journalists: “I hope that the intention that the President has clearly stated that this should be a new start, with new energy and new ideas will be able to work”.
He added: “My impression is that the parties are preparing for the resumption next month seriously and that’s what it should be and I hope that it leads forward quickly and well.”
Asked about the President’s Famagusta confidence building proposal which includes opening up the fenced off part of the occupied town under UN control as well as the town’s port under EU supervision, Kidd said:
“Of course it would be wonderful to have Famagusta returned. I think it is a big job, it is not something that you could do with a turn of a switch from one day to a next but leading towards this again as quickly as can happen will certainly have a remarkable effect on the climate of the negotiations.”
Nicosia would also give the green light to some blocked chapters in Turkey’s EU accession negotiations if the ‘ghost town’ of Varosha is returned to its legal Greek Cypriot inhabitants.
Kidd said that all Britain could do is to be in touch with both sides to help them understand some of the real preoccupations of the other.
In the US, Anastasiades will be meeting with Vice President Joe Biden next week, following an invite from the White House.
He told journalists the meeting with Biden was important in every aspect.
“It provides an opportunity to discuss in depth our views as regards the Cyprus problem and the contribution which, among others, the US government can make,” Anastasiades said.