Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-03-06
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Monday, 6 March 2000
 Mr Alvaro de Soto meets with President Clerides
The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Cyprus, Mr Alvaro de
Soto had a meeting today with the President of the Republic, Mr Glafcos
Clerides. Present at the meeting were the Attorney-General of the Republic
Mr Alecos Markides, the Foreign Minister Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the
Government Spokesman Mr Michalis Papapetrou, the Deputy Minister to the
President Mr Pantelis Kouros as well as the UN Secretary-General's Acting
Special Representative in Cyprus Mr James Holger.
In a brief statement to the press after the meeting, Government Spokesman
Michalis Papapetrou said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to proceed to
the third round of talks with the intention to deal with the substance of
the Cyprus problem in a constructive way. He also expressed the hope that
the Turkish side will come to these talks with the same attitude.
Replying to a question on whether the Greek Cypriot side is ready to
discuss the issue of confederation put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side,
Mr Papapetrou made it absolutely clear that the Greek Cypriot side firmly
supports a solution of federation.
He pointed out that this position of federation was acceptable to the
Turkish side just a few years ago and wondered why it found it unacceptable
now that relations between Greece and Turkey were moving for the better.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/