Greek Cypriot side has an additional reason to rely on Guterres Framework, Spokesman says

Our side has an additional reason to rely on Guterres Framework as this was drafted by the UN Secretary-General in Switzerland last year, because for the first time the United Nations in a clear manner identified the solution of the Cyprus problem as a process that would lead to the evolution of the island into a regular state, without foreign guarantees and interventions and without foreign armies, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos has said.

Speaking on Sunday during a memorial service for hero Demetrios Hamatsos, at Dhali, Nicosia, the Spokesman pointed out that the Guterres framework, among other issues, calls for a solution to the Cyprus problem that would abolish guarantees and intervention rights and lead to the withdrawal of the Turkish occupying army.

Prodromou underlined that with Cyprus being a member of the EU, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots enjoy the security through democratic institutions and respect of human rights and the implementation of EU regulations.

He pointed out that Cyprus could be reunified only if the Turkish occupation army withdraws, adding that in order for a federal solution to work properly, we should concentrate on the real interests of Cyprus and its people.

He once again pointed out that the President of the Republic remains focused and determined on the aim to resume the UN talks and with the Guterres framework being defined.

Referring to the trilateral conference between Cyprus-Greece-Israel to take place in Nicosia on Tuesday, the Spokesman said that this reflects our country’s focus on regional cooperation, with respect to the international law and with mutual benefits for all.

He recalled that Cyprus has strategic partnerships with almost all of our neighbouring countries, with Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine etc., adding that more multilateral partnerships will be launched soon.

Prodromou said that Cyprus responds to Turkeys gunboat diplomacy with strategic partnerships and cooperation.

He also said that despite Cyprus’ small size, it has become a credible stability factor and a regional pillar of cooperation.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency