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London asks for flexibility from Christodoulidis and Tatar

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A message addressed to Nikos Christodoulidis and Ersin Tatar is sent by London, which tried to partially change its wording, but did not deviate from the essence of Irfan Sidik's statement regarding the motivations of the Turkish Cypriot side. The position of the British High Commissioner is interpreted, by diplomatic circles, as a move aimed at recording reactions mainly from the Greek Cypriot side. London had previously spoken about the need for flexibility on both sides.

A representative of the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was asked by the KYPE to answer whether the British government adopts as a position the motivations for the Turkish Cypriot side to start negotiations again and whether there is any comment on the call of Mr. Sidik to Nicosia for explain.

The initial response was that “UK policy on Cyprus is long-standing, well-documented and remains unchanged”. He then noted that “it is ultimately up to the Cypriot leaders to agree the details of any solution or intermediate steps. We are actively engaging with all parties to support the UN-led process and encourage the flexibility needed to return to the talks.”

Moreover, the British side does not disclose details of the arrangements made regarding contacts with the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, nor does it officially comment on her contacts so far in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. KYPE's information from London states that in view of her meetings in the countries involved, the Colombian UN official also had meetings with British officials based in New York from the beginning of her duties. A diplomatic source in the British capital commented that Ms. Holgin's appointment is an “important step” and that London “welcomes her involvement so far” in the process. The same source added that “we are in contact with Ms. Holgin to support her as appropriate.”

In the meantime, yesterday it became known that President Christodoulidis is planning a visit to London to meet the British foreign minister and possibly the country's prime minister. According to the government spokesman, Konstantinos Letympiotis, President Christodoulidis referred to the upcoming visit to London during his meeting today with a delegation of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus (APPG-CYP). As the representative said, the President of the Republic informed the members of the delegation about the latest developments in the Cyprus issue after the appointment of the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General Maria Angela Holguín Quellar, while he mentioned his upcoming visit to London, where he will hold a meeting with the British Foreign Minister and possibly the Prime Minister of the country.

At the same time, Mr. Letympiotis said that the President of the Republic expressed his thanks to the members of the delegation for the long-term work of the Group within the British Parliament and the support in their efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, while he asked for further strengthening of efforts so that for the United Kingdom to send a “clear message” to the Turkish side to resume the talks from where they were interrupted while maintaining the acquis of the talks, with the aim of reaching a solution on the basis of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation, in accordance with relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council .

What we will convey, noted the Spokesperson, “once again is precisely the importance of the public positions on the part of the UK, the mobilization on the part of Turkey to come back to the table of the negotiations to restart the talks from the point where they have been interrupted, for our effort to reach a solution within the resolutions of the Security Council, that is, on the basis of a solution of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation”.

Source: www.philenews.com

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