A new Cyprus effort must be well prepared, President stresses

We will not enter into a dialogue for the sake of the dialogue, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has stressed, noting that a new effort for a Cyprus solution must be well prepared.

The President, who was addressing on Wednesday evening an event marking the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Larnaka Army Reserve Officers Association, reiterated his willingness to return to the negotiating table in order to achieve a solution that would reunify the island.

But this, he continued, “does not mean that we will enter again into a dialogue process for the sake of dialogue”.

Noting that he has clarified his positions to the UNSG, he said that “we are ready to return to the negotiating table on the internal aspects”, but said that a new Cyprus Conference must be well prepared.

As regards the Conference on Cyprus, he said that the United Nations – either through the Secretary-Generals envoys or by the Permanent Members of the Security Council – should ensure that a new Cyprus Conference is well prepared.

This, he said, is necessary in order to achieve results.

The President referred to the previous conferences, one that took place in Geneva in January 2017 and the second one in the Crans Montana resort in June/July 2017. He expressed regret for the fact that the Crans Montana meeting ‘did not come to an end as a result of the Turkish intransigence”.

Reiterating the position of the Greek Cypriot side, he said that for a solution to be found all those who live legitimately on the island should respect each other. Mutual respect, he said, together with the acknowledgment of the concerns of the other community, is an essential element that will definitely contribute to the achievement of a solution that would be acceptable to all.

“A solution that will create the conditions and the prospects for a better future, for a secure future for our children, grandchildren and those who will follow”, he went on to say.

Furthermore, he noted that the solution should create the conditions so that the state will be completely independent, not questioned by anyone or serve the interests of any third country. ‘It must be the creation of Cypriots for Cypriots”, he said, adding that this is of great importance because any extension or acceptance of the conditions of an anachronistic security system such as guarantees, intervention rights, or the presence of the Turkish army, not only do not help to restore trust between the two communities, but create a sense of insecurity in one of them.

It also creates one more unacceptable element which can not lead to a solution, he said, noting that this is the dependance of a community on the decisions made by a third country, a development that would turn the country to a Turkish protectorate.

The President of Cyprus said that this will not be accepted by any Greek Cypriot nor by the one who negotiates the future of this country.

“A responsible leader undertakes his responsibilities and does not shift them on the shoulders of the people”, he said, adding that the effort to achieve a solution that would reunify the people and our divided homeland is and will always remain the high priority for each one of us who loves this country.

In his speech, the President referred to the relations with Greece in the defence sector, noting that they are being upgraded through the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)- of which Greece and Cyprus are founding members.

They are also strengthened, he said, through the regional cooperation the two countries are developing with neighbouring countries, which are committed to stability, security and peace in the region.

The Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, has been divided by Turkish troops since 1974. UN led efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof did not yield results as of today.

Source: Cyprus News Agency