Decentralisation of powers does not abolish political equality Anastasiades tells RTP delegation

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades had a meeting on Friday with a delegation of the Turkish Cypriot “Republican Turkish Party” (RTP) during which he explained that his ideas concerning the decentralisation of the central government’s powers, in the framework of a Cyprus settlement, do not substitute or abolish the concept of political equality or the need for Turkish Cypriots’ participation in decision making, according to Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou.

On the contrary, Anastasiades’ ideas aim at making an agreement for a settlement more functional, Prodromou stressed, noting that the President and the RTP delegation had a constructive discussion which does not constitute any kind of negotiations or mediation.

Moreover, Prodromou underlined that President Anastasiades is always open to dialogue and underlined, during the meeting, his readiness to meet and discuss with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

According to the Government Spokesman, the President reassured of his readiness to get involved into a discussion with a view to determine the terms of reference as requested by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, via his envoy Jane Holl Lute, with the ultimate objective being the resumption of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem.

Prodromou noted that President Anastasiades also reiterated the Greek Cypriot side’s position about the importance of the Guterres’ framework and his six parameters which can lead to a thorough discussion along with all the other previous convergences, with a view to resume comprehensive negotiations on all issues.”

He also said that Anastasiades reaffirmed that the abolition of the anachronistic and obsolete system of guarantees is important for the Greek Cypriot side, noting that the aim is for Cyprus to be a country for all Cypriots, without any occupation troops.

Moreover he noted that the RTP delegation expressed the position that more confidence building measures (CBMs) should be adopted, and that the need for opening more crossing points, for example at the western part of Cyprus, was outlined during the meeting.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency