NEW YORK - Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Evangelos Venizelos has said that through the proposals put forward by President Nicos Anastasiades there is a new momentum now in the Cyprus issue.
Venizelos on Sunday discussed, among other issues, the Cyprus problem at a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
In statements after the talks, Venizelos said: “we have a new momentum now because we have very specific proposals of the Republic of Cyprus’ President Nicos Anstasiades”.
He also said: “there is a complete proposal on confidence building measures in relation with Famagusta, which can give new ideas and impetus and the appointment of negotiators from both communities which is important”.
Venizelos pointed out that EU presence in the process is also important, because “any solution should take into account the acquis communautaire and should be accepted by the Cyprus people in a referendum”.
Replying to a question on the need for preparation before talks begin the Greek Foreign Minister said that October is indeed the time aimed for and I would like to hope that preparation would be done in the best possible way.
Already, he added, Downer has been in touch with the two communities’ negotiations expressing the hope that through all this process a framework will be formed, which will give the effort a new momentum.
A UN statement on the meeting notes that “they exchanged views on prospects for resolving the “name” dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, including the outcomes of the recent visit to the region of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Mr. Matthew Nimetz”.
It adds: “The Secretary-General and Mr. Venizelos also discussed the expected resumption, in the fall, of negotiations to reach a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus”.