04 February, 2004
Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis said on Tuesday a solution to the issue of Cyprus could ''possibly'' be found by May 1 (the date on which Cyprus formally becomes a European Union member-state), adding that this is desirable but that ''I am not certain that this target can be achieved.''
Replying to a questioner, Yiannitsis said ''we are faced with great mobility on the Cyprus issue'' and ''it appears that Turkey and, I suppose, the Turkish Cypriot side as well, have abandoned the inflexible and negative positions they have followed until now and that they are prepared for us to forge ahead and seek solutions.''
Yiannitsis also said ''we are ready and we are in absolute coordination with the Cypriot side'' but ''we are waiting to see that these intentions will indeed be translated into actual moves and, of course, we are waiting to see how the UN secretary general will evaluate the intentions and commitments of the Turkish side, which we are not aware of.''
Source: Athens News Agency