NEW YORK --- Good preparation of the new round of Cyprus talks is of crucial importance, President Anastasiades has stressed, adding that the date of the resumption of the talks has not yet been finalised.
He was speaking on arrival in New York, to participate in the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and ahead of a meeting with the U N Secretary General..
“This depends to a great extent on proper preparation and the momentum we need to attach to the new dialogue” he said.
The President underlined that what was of utmost importance was not when the talks will resume, but rather the procedure and the circumstances under which the talks will begin.
“When the Turkish Cypriot leader makes statements referring to ‘two states’ in Cyprus, you realise that this is in contrast with the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, the United Nations resolutions, the July 8, 2006 agreement. Therefore, everything should be clarified”, he pointed out.
It was important to focus efforts on the Cyprus issue and find ways to restore the trust of Greek Cypriots in Turkey.
“We must also restore everybody’s confidence in the dialogue”, he concluded.
On Monday Anastasiades, will attend a working lunch with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and later on will meet with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
On Thursday, he will address the UN General Assembly and give a speech at the high level meeting for the millennium goals.
During his stay in New York, the Cypriot President is scheduled to meet with other heads of state and government as well as with Foreign Ministers of Russia and China.
On Friday, the President will travel to Washington, where he will hold a meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.
During his first visit to the UN General Assembly, the President is accompanied by first lady Andri Anastasiades, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister will hold a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly. His bilateral meetings include Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Morocco, Iraq, Australia, Montenegro, Libya, China, Thailand, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, Argentina as well as the President of Palestine. The Cypriot Foreign Minister will also participate in the separate meetings between the EU Foreign Ministers, the US and Russia as well as the ministerial meeting for the Middle East. On Sunday, he will participate in the tripartite ministerial meeting between Cyprus – Egypt and Greece, which will examine the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and other issues of mutual concern, focusing on energy.
During his first visit to the UN General Assembly, the President is accompanied by first lady Antri Anastasiades, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.