Europe, US and neigbouring countries concerned over behaviours as the one adopted by Turkey, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that there is a broader concern in Europe, countries of our region and the US about behaviours such as the one adopted by Turkey.

In statements he made on the sidelines of the visits he paid on Tuesday to National Guard and ELDYK (Greek military force in Cyprus) camps, and invited to comment Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behavior, Anastasiades stressed Cyprus’ calm reaction and behaviour which abides by the international law.

What is important is our own calm attitude and behavior, which absolutely complies with the international law, he noted, adding that we are defending values and principles, not only for us but for all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. What we are seeking and asking for is to reach co-understanding and not tension, to stay away from rhetorical statements which belong to other eras, he added.

Asked if other states share these concerns, Anastasiades underlined that there is a broader concern in Europe, our neighbouring countries and the US for behaviours which constantly pose a threat to peace.

Asked about his expectations from the dinner he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will attend on April 16, Anastasiades wished that Akinci will reflect on what he called on Anastasiades to do, that is to bring about change to the prevailing mentality.

In this way there will be mutual respect and one community will not seek to gain privileges which will negatively affect the other community, he added.

President Anastasiades noted that the Greek Cypriot side has with full respect accepted the political, but not the numerical equality and also ways by which the state will be functional, respecting globally accepted values and principles, which apply to all UN, and particularly EU member states.

Anastasiades stressed that the Greek Cypriot side aims to see how the reunification of Cyprus can be achieved through dialogue, with a view to create a state which will safeguard the human rights of all citizens, mutual respect and the international law and acquis communautaire principles.

He stressed that as Cyprus is an EU member state it cannot accept anything less than what other EU citizens enjoy.

Anastasiades assured that we are not aiming to continue the unacceptable status quo, but to create a functional state, that will be viable, modern and fully compatible with the EU values and principles..

To this end, he added, we have expressed our position to hold a dialogue with mutual respect and the same values and principles which apply to all other states, he added.

Anastasiades underlined that the Greek Cypriot side will not make any concessions from these values and principles, stressing that it is necessary for both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to realise that if the full independence and sovereignty of the state is not safeguarded then we will turn into a state subordinate to any third country which wants the continuation of guarantees, intervention rights and the permanent presence of troops.

The President also noted the full cooperation of the Cyprus government with the government of Greece and the Greek political leadership, aiming at raising awareness, through coordinated actions among our EU partners and the international community in general, so that some of our neighbours at last realise that the peoples’ welfare requires conditions of peace and respect to the international law.

The United Nations announced last Friday that Anastasiades and Akincil will have an informal meeting on April 16, at the residence of Elizabeth Spehar, the Deputy Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Numerous UN-backed rounds of negotiations to reunite the island under a federal roof have not yet yielded result. The latest round of talks took place in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency