FM Droutsas discusses Cyprus issue with UN SG

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas met on Friday evening with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the international organisation's headquarters with the main topic of discussion being the Cyprus issue. The question of negotiations between Athens and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) on the name issue and the situation in the Middle East were also discussed.

Speaking after the meeting, Droutsas said that he pointed out to his interlocutor that the Greek side desires from all "objectivity in handlings" for the solving of the problem of Cyprus.

"We insist on a process which is a Cypriot one, from the Cypriots for the Cypriots," he said, adding that "this is the process we must follow" and "there is no place for beautifications or simplifications on these issues."

Droutsas stressed that "we want the events to be recorded with objectivity always", while noting that although Cyprus President Demetris Christofias submits "constructive proposals" the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Dervis Eroglu "does not always respond in the same constructive way" and presents positions "outside the agreed basis."

FM Droutsas' statements at UN

In statements after his 40-minute meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said that the Cyprus problem was the main issue of the discussion, adding that Greece expects objectivity in view of Ban's report to the Security Council for his Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.

Droutsas said he reiterated that Greece fully stands behind the UN Chief's efforts on Cyprus.

''We want to see a settlement and the settlement in our view must be based on the UN Security Council resolutions but also on the full respect of the EU acquis communautaire since the Republic of Cyprus is a full member of the European Union and this must be taken into account in the search for a settlement,'' he stressed.

The Greek FM also said that ''we want to see objectivity from everybody involved in the process,'' adding that facts should be ''presented in an objective way and in a realistic way.''

''For us reality says that you have President Demetris Christofias who is putting forward from the beginning of this effort, very constructive, forthcoming proposals but unfortunately we see the Turkish Cypriot community and especially the new leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr. (Dervis) Eroglu, expressing positions that remind us of the past, that are also abandoning in some terms the basis agreed upon for the solution of the Cyprus problem and we encourage also the Turkish Cypriot community to look into the issue of the settlement in the most constructive way'', Droutsas underlined.

Replying to a question, Droutsas said President Christofias is presenting ''in a very constructive and forthcoming way his proposals, fully committed to a settlement of the Cyprus issue.''

UN-backed talks between the leaders of the two communities began in September 2008 aiming at reaching a mutually agreed settlement to the

Cyprus problem. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

As regards the fYRoM name issue, Droutsas said that he had the opportunity to underline to the UNSG Greece's positions for a name with a geographical qualifier for all uses, and reiterated Athens' willingness to find a solution.

Referring to developments in the Middle East and the Arab countries, Droutsas said that he told the UNSG of Greece's readiness to play an important role in the region's democratisation "in an effort to build real democracies".

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