Cyprus President says he is ready for the resumption of UN talks

President of Republic Nicos Anastasiades said he is ready to cooperate with the UN envoy with a view to resume a creative dialogue with prospects.

And for prospects to exist it should be understood by all parties involved that right cannot be interpreted on the basis of the right of the strong but on the basis of international principles and values, President Anastasiades said addressing an event at the Presidential Palace to mark the UN Day.

If, he added, we all decide on the basis of these principles and values we may succeed in serving peace, better serving the Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike, because not only Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are suffering due to the present unacceptable state of affairs but also the neighbouring states and all those who are involved in this dispute.

As he said, having been recognised as an honest interlocutor and a pillar of stability, the Republic of Cyprus has strengthened its historical close ties with the countries of the region and along with Greece we have established trilateral cooperation with neighbouring countries, such as Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine and others.

The said trilateral mechanisms constitute a tangible example of what can be achieved when countries with common concerns and common interests, instead of isolating themselves, join forces, comprising the expression of a multilateral system that complies fully with UN aspirations, he stressed.

Our aim, he went on to say, is based on the vision and aspiration to become a model of stability, predictability and create synergies to promote mutual prosperity and stability for all, especially in the flammable and volatile region of which we are an integral part.

Anastasiades also welcomed the widening of these trilateral groupings with other partners in certain fields strengthening the current mutually beneficial cooperation.

It is in this context that we repeatedly expressed the need for Turkey to realise that implementing international law, not in the way Ankara interprets it but as it internationally accepted to give the opportunity to solve a problem that has been pending for 44 years, on the basis of UN values, creating the conditions for cooperation between all neighbouring states he added.

Stating that neither Cyprus nor Greece is in conflict with Turkey, Anastasiades added that we have no reason not to cooperate and not to develop the same excellent relations with the remaining neighbouring states.

As he said, the region’s natural wealth constitutes a source and an opportunity for cooperation and not a pretext for the continuation of friction and disputes.

There is no one who would not like to see developing our relations with neighbouring Turkey, he said, adding that a small country such as Cyprus has no need for disputes, it needs peace, cooperation and prosperity.

Our aim for a viable and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem lies within this context, he added.

The President furthermore expressed gratitude to the UN because their presence, in the form of the UN Peacekeeping Force averted further escalation of tensions and friction.

He also said that through their services, the UN have in many circumstances created the conditions to move forward towards a solution in the context of international law.

Of course, the UN’s misfortune or failure is not attributed to the victims but to those who caused the crisis, he said, and reiterated his gratitude to the organization, stating that we are ready to cooperate with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative with a view to achieve the resumption of a creative dialogue with prospects.

On his part, Christos Theodoulou, Head of the UN Cyprus Association and Vice President of the UN World Federation of UN Associations said that since its independence, Cyprus had the UN as the backbone of its foreign policy, adding that we are doing our utmost for the solution of our problem.

Foreign powers however, obstruct us from moving forward, he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency