Cyprus President reiterates readiness to resume talks

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades reiterated Wednesday his readiness to resume talks for a Cyprus settlement, on the basis of the framework submitted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on July 4, 2017.

He also called on Turkish Cypriots to avoid serving the interests of any third country.

Speaking during an event in Nicosia, the President said that he made his position very clear, both to the Secretary-General and towards every direction.

He pointed out that he is not ready to accept any terms that essentially constitute surrendering, or which satisfy only one community and disregard principles that are essential for the functioning of a country.

The President also highlighted in his speech the issues of security, foreign troops and intervention rights, as well as the issue of securing a positive vote from the minority community on every decision.

We have accepted political equality, however there can be no insistence for numerical equality as well he underlined.

The President of the Republic also said that the Greek Cypriot side has not deprived Turkish Cypriots of their properties and is willing to secure their rights in the island’s natural resources.

Addressing the Turkish Cypriots, he said that they need to understand that they will either live together with the Greek Cypriots in an independent, sovereign country, commanding their own fate or we will turn into a protectorate of a third country, serving the strategic ambitions of people who want to see the revival of old empires.

The President said finally that he favors a climate of understanding with the other community, he said however that sometimes truth must be told.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency