NICOSIA The government has said that it stands ready and determined to enter a new phase of peace talks for a political settlement with a new momentum, which will not repeat the past.
In a written statement issued Friday, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides commented on statements in the press by self-styled foreign minister of the illegal regime in Turkish occupied Cyprus, Ozdil Nami that the talks will resume from the point they had stopped and that there is enough time until January to draw up a new plan for the Cyprus problem.
The Spokesman noted that Nami’s statements do not reflect the reality. On the contrary, he pointed out, they create a wrong picture on the effort that is being made for the resumption of the talks.
In his written statement, the Spokesman underlined the President’s firm position that what matters the most is not the time that the talks will resume, but establishing such an environment, through brave gestures, that will bring hope for a new prospect in the dialogue.
He reiterated that the aim is for a solution which will be just and viable and will allow all the legal citizens of Cyprus to coexist peacefully in a modern, federated European state.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A new round of UN-backed talks between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots is expected to begin soon with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.