Statement BY UN SECRETARY GENERAL's SPOKESMAN FRED ECKHARD oN Cyprus
February 10, 2004
This afternoon at
there will be a meeting of the G/C side and the T/C side with SG. Prior to that
there will be brief separate talks
by the leaders with the SG, at 3:30 with the G/C side and 3:45 with the T/C
As for practical arrangements a stakeout will be
in place at the Secretariat entrance for arrivals and photo ops will be
organized at the start of the three meetings, we will keep you informed of any
possible statements that may be made following the 3-way meeting.
A: Letís not kill these talks before theyíve started. Iíd prefer not to talk about conditions to the talks resuming a few hours before they are about to resume. What we hope to establish in the meeting that will take place this afternoon, is the commitment of the two parties to reach an agreement. If that commitment is forthcoming, the assumption is that detailed technical talks would resume as soon as possible involving both sides. So, Iím evading your question intentionally.
Q: Will the SG be addressing the press after the meeting?
A: We have no plans at this time for him to do so. Itis possible that in the meeting with the two parties they will discuss how to handle the media aspects of the visit, whether they will issue a joint statement or agree to talk to the press individually, I donít yet know. I donít think theyíve decided.
Q: Another technical question on the same subject. How do the
guarantor nations get involved? In the talks with the parties and the SG, are
there representatives in those talks? Or do they get briefed afterwards, Iím
just interested in knowing particularly
A: Well the guarantor states are the
Q: What is the reason the announcement of the talks was just made four hours, actually three hours before the leaders meet with the SG? Was there any reason for this delay?
Q: Very much a one day thing. If they want to carry on might it be
A: Itís hard to predict, I think itís our assumption that
following a single session with the SG here in NY that as I said earlier, the
detailed nuts and bolts negotiations could begin with Alvaro
Q: We understand the May 1st deadline, is an obvious deadline for obvious reasons. How about all the other deadlines described by the SG in his letters? Is he flexible on all those deadlines? Or is it something that he will follow them or justÖ
A: We think the EU accession date of the 1st of May provides motivation for the parties to restart talks in a serious way. They have indicated to the SG that they are prepared to do that, so I think everyoneís working assumption is that what they are beginning to undertake today is with a view to concluding by the 1st of May.
Q: In the trilateral meetings with the SG, who is going to be there? Is it just Papadopoulos and Denktash or who else is going to be in those delegations? How large are those delegations?
A: I will have to double check but I think the working formula that we had was principals plus two. So I think it would be a delegation of 3 for each side.
Q: Can you name any of the other members of the delegations, like Mr. Talat?
A: First let me confirm that three is what was agreed on in the technical talks last night and this morning and second Iíll ask whether we can give you the names of the other members. I donít think that should be a problem.
Q: Sir about the tripartite
A: Well for those of you who might have dinner plans, you might want to put them on hold. There is no way to predict, there is no way to predict. Our collective hope is that they wonít go until but they will go for as long the parties feel itís useful to keep talking.
Q: Any other session tomorrow?
A: Not to my knowledge. No. But again that would be a decision, if it were to be made, would be made in the course of tonightís meeting.
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