Our goal is for Cyprus to evolve into a normal state, President says

Our goal continues to be for Cyprus to evolve to a normal state, without guarantees, without intervention rights, without a permanent presence of Turkish forces, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday evening.

Addressing an event marking UN International Day, at the Presidential Palace, President Anastasiades said that our stated goal, to which we remain committed, is to reach a comprehensive, viable and lasting solution which will lead to the withdrawal of foreign troops and the establishment of a truly independent state, which will meet the expectations and concerns of its citizens with no dependencies from third countries.

Referring to a Conference on Cyprus, in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, in the Summer, which ended inconclusively, he noted that despite statements to the opposite, it was not possible for it to have the expected outcome due to Turkish intransigence, that is to say Turkey’s insistence for guarantee and intervention rights to continue and to remain in place, as well as to a position which is outright unacceptable, maintaining forever a permanent military presence in a Turkish base.

This, President Anastasiades added, is not the vision for our country, pointing out that our goal remains that Cyprus evolves to become a ‘normal state’, as the UN Secretary General has aptly put it, away from guarantees, away from intervention rights, away from a permanent presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus.

He further assured that despite the failure to reach an outcome, so far his position was and remains that the continuation of the dialogue to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem is the only possible path forward.

I insist and I have already conveyed the message to the UN Secretary General, the Security Council Permanent Members and our European partners, that I am ready at any moment to return to the negotiating table and to continue the discussion of the internal aspects of the Cyprus problem, he stressed.

At the same time, he pointed out that this would not be enough, since in order to have results a good preparatory effort on the international aspects of the Cyprus problem is necessary, that is to say a final resolution of the security question in Cyprus, which should not be the hostage of anyone.

Referring to the UN, Cyprus’ President expressed on behalf of the people of Cyprus gratitude for the United Nations’ service in Cyprus and expressed the wish that soon UNFICYP’s presence will no longer be necessary as we, Cyprus’ citizens, will be able to trust one another, will be able to work together for our country’s future, will be able to decide for everything concerning our country.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Efforts under UN auspices to solve the problem, the latest of which having resulted in a Conference on Cyprus in the Swiss resort Crans Montana last Summer, have not yielded any results yet.

Source: Cyprus News Agency