Cyprus should become a normal state, says Deputy Government Spokeswoman

Deputy Government Spokeswoman Klelia Vassiliou has said that the common aim should be for Cyprus to become a normal state, just like the UN Secretary General had said.

Speaking at the funeral in Limassol of the remains of Aristides Agioplasti from Lapithos, who was missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and whose remains have been found and identified, Vassiliou said ascertaining the fate of the missing persons and a solution to the Cyprus problem, that reunites the island and ends the occupation, is the government’s top priority.

She noted that “we are ready to participate in a new round of negotiations” that will resume from the point they were when they stopped last July in Crans – Montana, to achieve an overall solution based on UN decisions and resolutions, as well as the principles, values and the acquis communautaire.

There should be a thorough and detailed preparation as well as powerful will and determination from all interested parties, especially Turkey, to secure the positive result which we all anticipate, Vassiliou remarked.

She said what is imperative is for illegal actions and provocative statements to end, as well as the violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A Conference on Cyprus last July in the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended inconclusively. UN backed talks aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency