Abolishing the Republic of Cyprus is not on the cards, Government Spokesman tells CNA

Any attempt to abolish the Republic of Cyprus is a non issue, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told CNA on Tuesday, pointing out that the political settlement being pursued since 1977 provides for the evolution of the internal structure of the Republic from a unified to a federal state.

The Spokesman was invited to comment on press reports in the Greek language daily Phileleftheros according to which the common document on security and guarantees, currently being drafted by the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, is based on the concept of abolishing the Republic of Cyprus through a new treaty which will be agreed.

Abolishing the Republic of Cyprus is not on the cards, the Spokesman pointed out.

As regards the common document drafted by Eide, the Spokesman said it is expected that its first draft will be submitted to the participants to the Conference by Wednesday. He noted that it will be evaluated and examined by our side and any possible comments will be sent to Mr. Eide.

He added that in parallel the Greek Cypriot side’s negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis will brief the political party leaders at President Anastasiades instructions.

Referring to the talks which the Prime Ministers of Greece and Turkey Alexis Tsipras and Binali Yildirim had on Monday in Athens, Christodoulides said that the government has been briefed on the discussions at the diplomatic level by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Tsipras’ office.

He added that President Anastasiades will be more thoroughly and in detail briefed during his meeting with Tsipras on Thursday morning in Brussels. The two leaders will be at the Belgian capital to attend the EU Summit.

Christodoulides said that it is very important that Tsipras and Yildirim had a substantive discussion on the Cyprus problem and more specifically on the issue of security and guarantees.

As regards Yildirim’s statements about the EU, Christodoulides noted that an initial assessment is that the role of the EU on the Cyprus problem is being addressed in combination with EU-Turkish relations.

The Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Crans-Montala on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Conference will take place with the participation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency