Cyprus President reiterates determination to do utmost for a peaceful future

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated his determination to do his utmost in order to provide a peaceful future to all Cypriots and the region, expressing at the same time hope that Turkey will also rise to the occasion and show the necessary political determination to reach an agreement on the Cyprus problem.

President Anastasiades was addressing a reception hosted at the residence of the Greek Ambassador in Nicosia to mark the anniversary of March 25, 1821, which signaled the start of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman rule.

He assured that the main goal is and should continue to be the struggle to defend the Republic of Cyprus, to find out precisely what happened to each and every missing person in Cyprus and to reach a just, viable and most of all functional solution for the Cyprus problem; A solution which will guarantee our country’s reunification and its full independence and sovereignty.

A solution which will be absolutely compatible with our EU membership and the best practices of UN democratic countries, which will create those conditions allowing for lasting peace in our country, away from any dependencies and anachronistic guarantees, giving all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the right to live in normal state in conditions of security and prosperity, he added.

We expect and I would like to hope that this will possibly be the case, that Turkey will rise to the occasion and will show the necessary political determination to reach an agreement and will contribute in a specific way to regional stability, he stressed.

On our part, he continued, I would like to reiterate from the bottom of my heart that we are determined to meet our historic responsibility and to do our utmost in order to provide all Cypriots and the region with a peaceful future.

He also said that Greece has always stood by Cyprus’ side in solidarity, and thanked the Greek government for its continued support.

Moreover he noted that we are building on our effort for a better future always in full cooperation with Greece, while constituting pillars of peace and stability in the region.

On his part, Greece’s Ambassador Ilias Fotopoulos said in his address that Cyprus and Greece will continue to work with sincere will and good faith to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem and for the Republic of Cyprus to evolve into a normal and functional European state, with no foreign guarantees and occupation troops.

Unfortunately, he noted, this is not enough. The other side needs to finally show a constructive spirit and a willingness to compromise. On the contrary, he added, both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side maintain for the time being their intransigent stance, in particular on the crucial matters of security and guarantees.

Our effort to liberate and reunite the island will continue, Fotopoulos said, expressing hope that in the near future voices of common sense and reason will prevail in order to achieve the resumption of negotiations to reach a comprehensive and mutually acceptable solution.

He added that in the context of its efforts for the resumption of talks the Greek side will soon meet with the Turkish side in order to explore Turkey’s intentions on the international aspect of the Cyprus problem.

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 the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Guterres’ envoy Jane Holl Lute has undertaken an effort with a view to formulate the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of the Cyprus talks. Lute who has had repeated contacts in Cyprus, Athens, Ankara, the UK and Brussels, with all the parties involved the Crans � Montana conference, is expected to return to the island soon to hold new meetings with the parties.

Moreover, Greece and Turkey have agreed to hold consultations on the Cyprus problem on April 12, in Greece.

A UNSG’s report on his Good Offices Mission in Cyprus is expected to be handed over to UN permanent Security Council members on April 15.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Cyprus President reiterates determination to do utmost for a peaceful future

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated his determination to do his utmost in order to provide a peaceful future to all Cypriots and the region, expressing at the same time hope that Turkey will also rise to the occasion and show the necessary political determination to reach an agreement on the Cyprus problem.

President Anastasiades was addressing a reception hosted at the residence of the Greek Ambassador in Nicosia to mark the anniversary of March 25, 1821, which signaled the start of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman rule.

He assured that the main goal is and should continue to be the struggle to defend the Republic of Cyprus, to find out precisely what happened to each and every missing person in Cyprus and to reach a just, viable and most of all functional solution for the Cyprus problem; A solution which will guarantee our country’s reunification and its full independence and sovereignty.

A solution which will be absolutely compatible with our EU membership and the best practices of UN democratic countries, which will create those conditions allowing for lasting peace in our country, away from any dependencies and anachronistic guarantees, giving all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the right to live in normal state in conditions of security and prosperity, he added.

We expect and I would like to hope that this will possibly be the case, that Turkey will rise to the occasion and will show the necessary political determination to reach an agreement and will contribute in a specific way to regional stability, he stressed.

On our part, he continued, I would like to reiterate from the bottom of my heart that we are determined to meet our historic responsibility and to do our utmost in order to provide all Cypriots and the region with a peaceful future.

He also said that Greece has always stood by Cyprus’ side in solidarity, and thanked the Greek government for its continued support.

Moreover he noted that we are building on our effort for a better future always in full cooperation with Greece, while constituting pillars of peace and stability in the region.

On his part, Greece’s Ambassador Ilias Fotopoulos said in his address that Cyprus and Greece will continue to work with sincere will and good faith to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem and for the Republic of Cyprus to evolve into a normal and functional European state, with no foreign guarantees and occupation troops.

Unfortunately, he noted, this is not enough. The other side needs to finally show a constructive spirit and a willingness to compromise. On the contrary, he added, both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side maintain for the time being their intransigent stance, in particular on the crucial matters of security and guarantees.

Our effort to liberate and reunite the island will continue, Fotopoulos said, expressing hope that in the near future voices of common sense and reason will prevail in order to achieve the resumption of negotiations to reach a comprehensive and mutually acceptable solution.

He added that in the context of its efforts for the resumption of talks the Greek side will soon meet with the Turkish side in order to explore Turkey’s intentions on the international aspect of the Cyprus problem.

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 the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Guterres’ envoy Jane Holl Lute has undertaken an effort with a view to formulate the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of the Cyprus talks. Lute who has had repeated contacts in Cyprus, Athens, Ankara, the UK and Brussels, with all the parties involved the Crans � Montana conference, is expected to return to the island soon to hold new meetings with the parties.

Moreover, Greece and Turkey have agreed to hold consultations on the Cyprus problem on April 12, in Greece.

A UNSG’s report on his Good Offices Mission in Cyprus is expected to be handed over to UN permanent Security Council members on April 15.

Source: Cyprus News Agency