Greek Cypriot side always ready to return to the negotiating table, Presidential Commissioner says

The Greek Cypriot side is always ready to return to the negotiating table if the basic preconditions set out by the UN Secretary General for the establishment of a normal state without foreign guarantees and invevention rights by any third country are met, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Saturday.

Speaking during the funeral of Andreas Lamprides who was murdered in cold blood and went missing during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, and his remains were identified by using DNA, Photiou noted that President Nicos Anastasiades has made clear his intention to continue efforts for a settement, in a serious and responsible way, noting at the same time that the other side must also act in the same way.

The Commissioner said that the Turkish occupation must end and Cyprus must be reunified to the benefit of its people and stability and peace in the region.

He noted that Turkey`s crimes in Cyprus cannot be concealed or written off especially when more than 40 thousand Turkish troops remain on the island and practices aiming at the complete Islamization of the Turkish occupied areas are being implemented.

It is for this reason, he added, that Turkey`s insistence to maintain its guarantor and intervention rights and the presence of a number of its troops in Cyprus does not surprise us, he concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks commenced at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 28, but in the early hours of July 7, it was announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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