GC gov't spokesman Christodoulides speaks on progress between sides
Christodoulides was speaking to the press on the sidelines of a service held at Apostle Barnabas Church in Nicosia to mark the feast of Saint Barnabas, the founder of the Church of Cyprus. Invited to comment on reports that documents registering convergences between the two sides have been submitted to the assessment process conducted by the negotiators of the two sides in Cyprus, the Spokesman said “the negotiators` evaluation is underway as they have been asked by the two leaders to assess the state of play with regard to the Cyprus problem, where we stand, where we agree and disagree so that the cross-negotiation will start from those issues on which there is no agreement. "
There are, he said, “many documents and you must realize that each one of the essential chapters is divided in subchapters and subsections, therefore, for each section there is a separate chapter”.
"So there are too many documents that register the positions of both sides including convergences and deviations”, he added.
Asked what is the picture so far, the spokesman made it clear that negotiations have not yet started “This is up to the leaders who have the sole responsibility for this and give the terms of reference to the negotiators. What is going on right now is recording and not negotiation. "
He said that indeed there is some kind of progress and willingness to move towards progress primarily relating to those issues on which there is a need to reconcile positions that have been submitted and were outside of the framework of the joint communiqué.
Asked about the issue of security and guarantees, the Spokesman refrained from commenting on individual chapters, noting that this is an evolutionary process that must be completed on 17 June.
The discussion on one chapter has not yet completed in order to move to another one. A discussion is held on all the chapters and the positions of both sides are being recorded so as to prepare the various documents as to where the two sides agree and disagree.
Asked to comment on the resolution of the European Parliament on the progress of reform in Turkey in 2014, he said that "the first reaction is that it has positive elements” adding that the resolution has reached its present form due to the efforts of Cypriot MEP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU.
There are, for example, important references to the issue of the settlement, the need to execute the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights on the issue of the fenced-off city of Famagusta.
"At the same time, if we take into account Turkey`s reaction on the report by the European Parliament we must say that there is satisfaction on behalf of the Government. You realize that it is a text by the plenary of the European Parliament with 751 members and in no case it will be entirely satisfactory," the spokesman concluded.