Christodoulides: We Are in Line with Guterres on Holding a Trilateral Meeting and Appointing a Representative
Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides, in a statement following his meeting with Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York, expressed that they are in complete alignment with the UN Secretary-General on the need for appointing a representative and holding a trilateral meeting for the Cyprus issue. He also stated their readiness to announce the appointment of a person to explore the possibilities of restarting negotiations.
As reported by Sigmalive, the President, in his immediate statement after the meeting, expressed his satisfaction by saying, "We are in complete alignment with the UN Secretary-General regarding the necessity of appointing both a representative and the need for a trilateral meeting."
He also mentioned that he received information about Guterres' intentions and expressed disappointment that there has been no response or results from the other side so far.
Referring to tomorrow's upcoming meeting between Antonio Guterres, Turkey's Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, President Christodoulides stated that he is ready for such a meeting to be announced in the search for a person to explore the possibilities of restarting negotiations.
He also emphasized the significance of European Union member countries discussing the Cyprus issue and the need to resume negotiations during their meetings with the UN Secretary-General, stating that this is directly related to the efforts they have been making regarding European-Turkish matters.
When asked about Guterres' intentions regarding a trilateral meeting and whether an invitation would be sent to Mr. Tatar, President Christodoulides stated that he had already sent an invitation for such a meeting, but the response was negative. However, they are ready for such a meeting whenever Guterres decides to hold it.
Regarding whether Guterres believes that someone should be appointed for this, the President said, "After all, the Security Council itself is also requesting this. But as he mentioned, he believes that someone should be appointed."
When asked if Guterres would take further steps on this matter, President Christodoulides responded, "He has meetings tomorrow. The efforts are ongoing, and I think it's essential not only for our position but also for the UN Secretary-General's position in terms of both a trilateral joint meeting and the appointment of a representative, as well as the strong position of the powerful EU member countries that brought up the Cyprus issue in their meeting this week."
He concluded by saying, "So we can wait for tomorrow, and we will be here."
The President was accompanied by Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos, Government Spokesperson Constantinos Letibiotis, Cyprus Chief Negotiator Menelaos Menelaou, Cyprus's Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Hadjichrysanthou, and other officials at the UN building.