25 May, 2005
Foreign minister Petros Molyviatis met Tuesday in Athens with his visiting Cypriot counterpart George Iacovou, with the agenda focusing on the Cyprus issue and the informal preliminary consultations at the UN headquarters in New York.
"We studied the possibility of new prospects for resumption of the process to seek a solution," Molyviatis told reporters after the meeting.
He reiterated that Athens and Nicosia were in "close and regular" cooperation "with the common goal being the reunification of the island, and negotiations on the basis of the Annan Plan, the UN resolutions, and in line with the principles and values of the European Union".
Iacovou referred to the issues being currently faced by the Republic of Cyprus, such as the upcoming decision by the UN Security Council on the renewal of the UNFICYP's mandate, the European Union and the deliberations on the extension of Ankara's Customs Union Protocol to the new EU member countries, and the Islamic Conference.
Asked to comment on press allegations that Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Irineos had sold Patriarchate properties in the occupied sector of Cyprus, Iacovou said that during a meeting between the Cypriot ambassador to Israel with the Patriarch himself, Irineos had categorically denied the rumors, and denied that such an action had even been considered.
"To date, we have not ascertained anything to the contrary," the Cypriot foreign minister added.
Iacovou will be received by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias before he departs to return to Nicosia.
Source: Athens News Agency