Government seeks to serve peace and security in Cyprus and its wider region, says Presidential Commissioner

Presidential Commissioner, Photis Photiou, said on Sunday that the Government seeks to serve peace and security both in Cyprus and the wider region.

We do not seek confrontation or to exacerbate old wounds and problems. What we seek is to serve peace and security both in Cyprus and in the wider region, Photiou said, speaking at a memorial event for the victims of the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontus, in Nicosia.

The Commissioner added that the Government has been working towards the launch of a constructive and much more promising this time dialogue on the Cyprus problem, that will result in a functional and viable solution that will reunite the country in a way that will serve the true interest of the people, without guarantees, intervention rights or presence of occupation army. A solution, he noted, must fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and be based on the international law and the principles and rules of the European Union.

Unfortunately, said Photiou, Turkey is not willing to do the same. It has different priorities which become obvious by its unacceptable provocations in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus. Instead of contributing to peace and security in the region, it creates tensions and crises contrary to the law, he noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. The latest round of talks under the UN aegis ended without results in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana.

Ankara has issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. The Turkish drill ship Fatih is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency