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FM spokesman on Cyprus talks: 'Situation does not inspire optimism'

Δημοσίευση 21 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:37 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
FM spokesman on Cyprus talks:  'Situation does not inspire optimism'
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Before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's January 26 meeting in Geneva with Cyprus president Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu another meeting is scheduled between the two leaders in Cyprus, but "unfortunately the picture does not inspire optimism", Greek foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said Thursday in reply to a question during a regular press briefing.

Before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's January 26 meeting in Geneva with Cyprus president Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu another meeting is scheduled between the two leaders in Cyprus, but "unfortunately the picture does not inspire optimism", Greek foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said Thursday in reply to a question during a regular press briefing.

Delavekouras reiterated Greece's hope for "a change in the Turkish stance", given that "the Greek Cypriot side has made a serious effort, presenting constructive proposals, as requested by the UN secretary general, whereas the Turkish side appears to be trying to gain time".

"I hope that the aim of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey continues to be a resolution of the Cyprus issue and not maintenance of the impasse. Unfortunately, though, the situation does not inspire optimism.