23 June, 2006
The Greek position is "unwaveringly negative" to any proposal for a four-party conference on the Cyprus issue, foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said Thursday, commenting on statements attributed to Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul.
Koumoutsakos, replying to questions during a regular press briefing, said that references to the Turkish Cypriot community had also been made in the past at the Islamic Conference, and noted that the policy of recognition of the Republic of Cyprus by all the member countries that respected the United Nations resolutions was "clear-cut".
Questioned on the prospect of a new plan for a Cyprus resolution being submitted, as intimated at in a Sunday newspaper, the spokesman said that a careful reading of foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis' interview with the newspaper attributed the Greek positions in full and did not allow for misinterpretations.
He reiterated that the Annan Plan had not provided a way out and a solution for the Cyprus problem, adding that any effort to reactivate a plan, in the framework of the UN, must be very well prepared in advance.
The framework for achieving this, the spokesman added, must take into consideration elements contained in all previous United Nations efforts to solve the problem and the political and institutional reality existing in Cyprus following the country's full membership in the EU. It must also take into consideration the need for the agreement and acceptance of that plan by both communities on the island.
Koumoutsakos further reiterated that no new Cyprus plan had been announced, and anything beyond the above was a misinterpretation.
Source: Athens News Agency