No progress can be achieved towards a solution, given Turkey’s demands, Cyprus President stresses

The President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, has expressed his readiness to return to the negotiating table, if the conditions set out are met, stressing that no progress can be achieved if Turkey, as an occupation force, does not withdraw from Cyprus.

Addressing the annual meeting of the Reserve Officers Association of Limassol, in the presence of the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the National Guard, President Anastasiades said he shares everybody’s concern and disappointment, for the lack of success in the peace talks, in early July in Switzerland, in the goal to rid Cyprus of Turkish troops and Ankara’s guarantees and intervention rights.

Turkeys intransigence may have led to a deadlock, but the effort does not end here, the President said and stressed that “we will continue to make every effort within the United Nations framework, so that at long last those who are watching from a distance will engage actively and exert their influence in order to have the desired results. ”

“Our position has always been that if there is to be a compromise with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots, in order to live peacefully, we should definitely get rid of Turkey’s occupation, its guarantees, its right to intervene and Ankara’s occupation troops, which would be renamed a force of friendship to supposedly protect us from overseas threats, ” the President said.

Under these circumstances, there can be no progress, President Anastasiades said, reiterating his readiness to return to the negotiating table, “provided that the conditions we have set out are met, namely that Turkey ends its guarantees, its right to intervene, it withdraws its troops and Cyprus can function as a truly independent state, in peace. ”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency