President Anastasiades announces initiative to submit proposals aiming at a breakthrough in Crans Montana

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday evening that he has undertaken the initiative to submit proposals with a view to overcome the deadlock at the negotiations on the Cyprus problem taking place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, since June 28.

He also called on the people of Cyprus to ignore rumors for “concessions” by the Greek Cypriot side, “which some people spread deliberately and in an ill-intentioned way” and to all those who “cultivate a climate of over-optimism.”

Anastasiades underlined that “we must address developments in a serious way, with a view to see a shimmer of light, a shimmer of hope, a prospect for the future”.

In statements to the media upon his arrival at the conference centre where the talks are taking place, Anastasiades said that “in light of the deadlock which exists during the last eight days, and as a proof once again of our real desire to achieve a settlement that will not derail from the principles, values and parameters determined by the National Council, and the positions we have submitted at various times, I undertook the initiative to submit proposals with a view to overcome the deadlock.”

He added that he expects “the other side to show good will as well, with a view to move forward, overcoming the deadlock being created and the obsessions being cultivated.”

“I would like to address the Cypriot people telling them one thing: not to listen to all those which some people spread deliberately and in an ill-intentioned say concerning alleged concessions of the Greek Cypriot side and to those who cultivate a climate of over-optimism.”

“We must address developments in a serious way, with a view to see a shimmer of light, a shimmer of hope, a prospect for the future,” he concluded.

The Conference on Cyprus, which addresses the crucial issue of security and guarantees, reconvened under the UN auspices in Crans – Montana on June 28, with the participation of President Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the UK- and the EU as an observer.

Anastasiades and Akinci hold in parallel negotiations, under the UN-auspices, on the internal aspects of the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

The aim of the talks is to reach a comprehensive settlement that will reunite Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency