President of the Hellenic Parliament warns Turkey’s stance leads to the continuation of the stalemate

Turkey’s stance on the Cyprus problem leads to the continuation of the stalemate and possibly to a perception that favors the permanent division of the island, which is highly dangerous, President of the Hellenic Parliament, Nikos Voutsis has said.

In an interview with CNA, Voutsis elaborates on the current state of affairs between Greece and Turkey and the impact Turkey’s policy has on the efforts for a solution to the longstanding Cyprus problem.

He expresses the view that Turkey’s leadership seeks to play a broader role in the region and to manage what might be a possible threat by what is happening in its southeast borders in relation to Syria. In this context it leaves unsolved pending issues with Greece or creates new problems, he said.

Turkey maintains this stance in relation to the Cyprus problem as well, promoting positions that once again lead to the continuation of the stalemate and possibly to a highly dangerous position in favour of Cyprus’ permanent division, Voutsis went on to say.

He also referred to the Republic of Cyprus’ efforts to develop natural resources discovered within the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone, while several international companies are involved in hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities.

Ankara disputes the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources in its exclusive economic zone.

The President of the Hellenic Parliament noted that the Republic of Cyprus, which is an EU member state, has legitimate jurisdiction to proceed with the drillings, which will be beneficiary for the people of Cyprus today, and for all the citizens of Cyprus after the solution of Cyprus problem.

Furthermore, he expressed hope Turkish leadership would find a more productive role, for the sake of peace, good neighboring relations and for the solution of long -standing problems. He also warned that these issues might be led to possible negative solutions if the impasse would be continued.

Regarding the publication of the Cyprus File, which will be released in October 2018, the President of the Hellenic Parliament said that it might trigger an honest effort by all sides to collect all material and archives pointing out that this can lead to a comprehensive, substantial and cohesive historical comprehension of the Cyprus tragedy.

President of the Hellenic Parliament and Cypriot President of the House of Representatives have been fully cooperating for the edition, which will comprise 32 volumes. Voutsis also praised the immense effort of the members of the scientific and experts committees’, who worked, in both countries, in order to prepare the edition.

The publication of the Cyprus File provides the opportunity to evaluate the responsibilities of military dictatorships, which almost definitely lead to historic tragedies, he concluded.

Cyprus marks on July 20 the 44th anniversary since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The latest round of peace talks, in July last year, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency