President Anastasiades hopes Turkey will opt for peace instead of arbitrary actions

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said he hoped Turkey will realise that peace, justice and mutual understanding is preferable for progress instead of arbitrary actions, threats and turmoil.

Addressing the Senior Citizens of Cyprus organisation’s conference on Monday, President Anastasiades said his life aim is to create the conditions necessary for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will be based on mutual respect, the principles and values of the UN and the EU.

The President said that the UNSG has acknowledged that the system of guarantees on the island is an anachronism. He further said that Cyprus EU membership safeguards rules concerning human rights and that these should not be violated by anyone.

Noting that some are not paying attention to Turkeys strategic aspirations, President Anastasiades said that some people are trying to blame the Greek Cypriot side that the impasse creates new fait accompli and wondered what these people propose.

He assured that his vision is to see the restoration of peace, stability and prospect instead of a fragile and sensitive peace that prevails today.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Last month Turkey issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Since May 4, the Turkish drill ship Fatih is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency