President Anastasiades says his proposals in Switzerland were in line with SG’ ideas

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said he submitted in Switzerland concrete and comprehensive proposals on the basis of the ideas put forward by the Secretary-General, in order to open the way for a Cyprus settlement, while criticizing at the same time the Turkish stance during the Conference on Cyprus.

Addressing on Saturday morning a memorial service for senior National Guard officials, killed during an accident in 2002, the President noted that his proposals were addressing the concerns of both sides while creating the prospects to turn the country into a normal state, to the benefit of all Cypriots.

The President’s address was read by the Minister of Defence, Christoforos Fokaides, in the village of Kouklia, in the Paphos District.

Speaking about Turkish positions put forward in the chapters of security and guarantees, as well as in the rest of the chapters, President Anastasiades said they were not in line with the UN Secretary-General’s framework and they could never have been accepted by the Greek Cypriot side.

There has been no result in the Conference due to the intransigence and insistence of the Turkish side, especially over the continuation of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantees, Ankara’s intervention rights and the continuous presence of Turkish troops, President Anastasiades underlined.

He assured those present that despite the Conference outcome, efforts will continue to keep hope alive for a Cyprus settlement that will terminate [Turkey’s] occupation and reunite the country.

UN-backed talks that took place between June 28-July 7, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. Peace talks aim to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency