President Anastasiades will hold talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon today in efforts to kick-start the deadlocked peace process.
He has already sent a letter to the UN chief asking him to clarify the basis of upcoming fresh negotiations on Cyprus.
Anastasiades said he would not participate in UN-Brokered peace talks if he did not feel that “everything that should be done had been done to justify hope that a new start with prospects would be made”.
He added: “Our will for good preparation shows our willingness to work so that we can effectively reach the desired goal of a solution of the Cyprus problem, the withdrawal of Turkish troops, restoration of human rights, and the functionality of the state.”
Fresh talks aiming to reunite the island are expected to resume ext month after more than 18 months of inactivity.
Reportedly the UN is also keen to the talks back on track with international community looking for a swift solution.
But on his arrival in New York Anastasiades said the date of the resumption of UN-brokered Cyprus talks has not yet been finalised.
He said Cyprus talks should not begin just for the sake of time frames, instead they should be well prepared.
“This depends to a great extent on proper preparation and the momentum we need to attach to the new dialogue.”
Anastasiades said it was important for the right procedure and the circumstances under which the talks will begin – not their start date.
“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 and United Nations resolutions...Therefore, everything should be clarified,” Anastasiades said.
“We must also restore everybody’s confidence in the dialogue,” he added.
For 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.
Anastasiades, in New York to participate in the 68th UN General Assembly, will attend a working lunch with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council before talks with Ban.
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 President is scheduled to meet with other heads of state and government as well as with the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China.
And on Friday, the President will travel to Washington, where he will hold a meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.