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    End of the year it will be seen whether talks resume

    By the end of the year, the prospects for resuming talks on the Cyprus issue will be able to be revealed, says South Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. In a statement to the Associated Press, Christodoulides said the new special envoy is now expected to start contacts with the parties involved to see if there are possibilities for resuming talks.

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    Nikos Christodoulides described the trilateral meeting as “quite constructive” and “positive because it shows the Secretary General’s interest in the Cyprus issue”.

    The foreign minister noted that the new special envoy appointed by the UNSG will be expected to visit Cyprus as well as the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and Britain – “in order to see if there are any possibilities for resuming negotiations”. He underlined the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side to resume negotiations “even tomorrow” on the basis of Security Council resolutions, while expressing the hope that by the end of the year the new envoy will have indications as to the chances of new talks.

    “The only way to solve the Cyprus problem is through negotiations”, stressed Christodoulides, noting at the same time that “without negotiations, we realize that the situation is becoming more and more difficult”.

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    He further made it clear that for the Greek Cypriot side there is no question of “even discussing” a two-state agreement requested by the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey “because it is outside the framework of the Security Council resolutions and the terms of reference of SG Antonio Guterres”. He pointed out that there was a “negative reaction” on the part of the international community to the Turkish proposal.

    Finally, he underlined that the only viable solution for Cyprus is that of the federation.

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