President reiterates commitment to a viable and european solution to Cyprus problem

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated his commitment to continue working towards finding a peaceful, lasting, viable and a European solution to the Cyprus problem.

President Anastasiades was speaking during a joint press conference of the Heads of State or Government of the Southern European Union countries following their Summit in Madrid.

According to an official press release, President said that the future of Europe was discussed during the Summit adding that “we want a strong and safe Europe and we will all work for the implementation of the Rome Declaration”.

“We will try to handle the British exit from the EU in the best possible way”, President said while speaking of “a sad but at the same time respectable result of a referendum. “

He also said the summit dealt with the economic development, employment and investments noting that the Member States need to show interest in the social and economic field taking into account in particular the problems of young people and particularly youth employment.

President condemned the terrorist attacks in Russia, Stockholm and Egypt. “Through spirit of solidarity we all work in order to tackle the terrorism phenomena which are more and more transferred within the EU,” he said.

Anastasiades expressed his thanks for the opportunity given to him to inform on the developments in the Cyprus problem while he also thanked for the EU support to the efforts to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem that will reunite the island on the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation.

A solution, he added, that would rid the country from occupying troops and respect human rights and acquis communautaire, european principles and values which will create the conditions for peaceful coexistence of the people of Cyprus bith Greek Cypriots or Turkish Cypriots.

“I want once again to thank and reiterate my commitment that I will work so that through dialogue a peaceful, lasting, viable and European solution to the Cyprus problem will be found” he concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci got engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The UN have announced that talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11 after a lull since mid February, when Akinci walked out of a meeting, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades had described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision was revoked. The House voted last Friday on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision.

Source: Cyprus News Agency