A Cyprus settlement will not be reached just by making concessions, Anastasiades says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that his aim is to reach a functional settlement of the Cyprus problem, noting that this cannot be done just by making concessions.

Speaking on Friday evening during an event in Limassol, Anastasiades said that his sincere efforts for the resumption of the negotiations that will lead to a viable settlement should not be questioned, noting that he has repeatedly expressed to the UN Secretary General his readiness for the resumption of the dialogue from the point it was left off.

Anastasiades went on to say that the UN Secretary General endorsed his position because he would neither accept to get involved into a third effort (for a settlement) that would fail.

The President expressed his respect to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, describing him as a real Cypriot, noting at the same that the issue which arises and should concern everyone is whether the Turkish Cypriots are free to take decisions by themselves.

He noted that during the celebrations in the Turkish occupied areas to mark the anniversary of the illegal unilateral declaration of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime’s independence, Akinci sent different messages than the Turkish Vice President and the Turkish Foreign Minister.

Referring to his ideas about decentralization of the central government’s powers in the framework of a Cyprus settlement, he expressed the belief the we should start thinking about what will create prospects and about the current circumstances.

He expressed the view that if the constituent states have more powers with regard to the problems related to the citizens’ everyday life then the one community will have the minimal possible intervention into the others affairs.

Moreover, Anastasiades said that he has pointed out to the UNSG’s envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, that he remains ready to continue dialogue on the core issues at which there are differences and are included in the six parameters of the Guterres’ framework, and to look into the remaining differences, noting that there are still significant differences.

He stressed that the most important thing is to see whether the convergences that have been reached remain on the table and whether there is regression, from what has been agreed, underlining the importance of creating the basic preconditions with a view to launch a dialogue that has prospects.

The President called on the Turkish Cypriot community to realise that mutual respect is needed, adding that a settlement must be a win-win situation.

He said that a settlement must meet the concerns of one side and the expectations of the other, and stressed that he will continue his efforts with determination with a view to reach a settlement accepted by both communities.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency