Greek Cypriot side continues its effort for a just and viable settlement, Deputy Government Spokeswoman says

Deputy Government Spokeswoman Klelia Vassiliou has conveyed the message that the Greek Cypriot side continues its effort for an honourable, just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Speaking during a memorial service in Pelendri, Limassol, Vassiliou said we are responsibly working to end the occupation, achieve unity of the state, secure human rights and basic freedoms of all Cypriots.

She underlined that we cannot afford to show complacency due to the danger of the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus becoming Turkified.

Vassiliou said that our side is ready to sit again at the negotiating table with good and genuine will, continuing the effort from where previous negotiations were left off in Crans Montana, given the framework of parameters tabled by the UN Secretary General as well as the UN decisions, the EU values and principles and the EU acquis.

She noted that President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades reaffirmed this position during the meeting he had on July 23 with the UNSG’s envoy Jane Holl Lute.

Vassiliou said that the acceptance of the six points related to the parameters of the Guterres’ framework will help to have negotiations that will bear fruit to benefit both of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

Our goal, she stressed, is for Cyprus to have no occupation troops, guarantees and intervention rights.

We aim for Cyprus to be really free, independent and sovereign and all of its people to enjoy conditions of security, good cooperation and welfare, she noted.

Cyprus remains divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island. Numerous UN-backed talks, aiming at reunifying the island under a federal roof, have failed to yield any results. The latest round of peace talks that took place in July last at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency