Cyprus President says effort for solution will not stop but lines have been drawn

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has given the assurance that the effort to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem will not stop, adding however that lines have been drawn.

Referring to those lines, he said that no one should ignore the need to establish a state which will be fully harmonised with EU principles, a state which will guarantee true peace, sustainability, duration and over and above everything else an independent state which belongs it is citizens.

He was addressing on Wednesday soldiers during a visit at a National Guard camp on the occasion of the Christmas season, a press and public information office (PIO) press release issued here today says.

President Anastasiades, who visited various camps today, was accompanied by Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides and National Guard Chief, Lieutenant General Elias Leontaris.

You are well aware that we have made and are continuing to make every possible effort so that through dialogue we can reach a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem, see our country get rid of occupation and guarantees, from the anachronism which granted intervention rights to a third country, he noted.

I have made it clear, he added, that a solution cannot be considered as safeguarding the Greeks of Cyprus and the state’s independence in general without ending the anachronistic system which was and continues to constitute the main cause of all we are experiencing today, pointing out that he is referring to the treaties of guarantees, intervention rights and the presence of foreign troops on the island.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency