President reiterates readiness for resumption of UN talks for a Cyprus settlement

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades reiterated his readiness to engage in a fresh round of UN-brokered talks from where they left off in the previous round in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

In an interview with the Cyprus daily O Phileleftheros (the liberal) he said he reiterated his position in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

He said the letter aims to inform Guterres on the latest developments in Cyprus.

On this occasion, I reiterated what I have stressed in a series of meetings. I stressed my readiness for the resumption of the dialogue from where it left off in Crans Montana since I believe that this is the only way to overcome problems, Anastasiades said.

Replying to a question, Anastasiades said in his letters he outlines the proposals he has submitted with a view to creating the conditions for the resumption of the talks but also the proposals with a view to overcoming deadlocks created due to unacceptable demands, either of Turkey or the Turkish Cypriots.

However, Anastasiades said that he reiterated the National Council’s decision that talks could resume on the condition that Turkish illegal moves in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone would be lifted.

The President said that it is important for Turkey to realize that a solution to the Cyprus problem cannot be reached through actions that cause tensions and increase the Greek Cypriot’s concerns on the Turkish intentions, while he described the Turkish side’s moves concerning Varosha as a distraction move to the measures we’ve taken and of course the reactions of the European Union.

This is a negative step but at the same time it shows the intentions of Turkey and consequently of the Turkish Cypriot side, he added.

Asked if Turkey could be obstructed from its next moves, Anastasiades said not with military means as we do have neither a navy nor the military might, but we do not intent to engage or to increase the crisis.

He however noted that Nicosia has not stayed inactive as apart from the legal measures against individuals (foreign individuals engaged in Turkey’s illegal drilling operations in the Cypriot EEZ) and for the first time we have engaged the EU with the decisions made in the last EU Summit for imposing measures (against Turkey).

Anastasiades reiterated that the measures against Turkey are not an end in itself.

It is, however the defense we have, so that Turkey could realize that illegal actions could create much more problems from the gains it thinks it could obtain from violating the international law.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory. The last round of UN-brokered talks broke down in July 2017 in the swiss resort of Crans Montana.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

President reiterates readiness for resumption of UN talks for a Cyprus settlement

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades reiterated his readiness to engage in a fresh round of UN-brokered talks from where they left off in the previous round in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

In an interview with the Cyprus daily O Phileleftheros (the liberal) he said he reiterated his position in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

He said the letter aims to inform Guterres on the latest developments in Cyprus.

On this occasion, I reiterated what I have stressed in a series of meetings. I stressed my readiness for the resumption of the dialogue from where it left off in Crans Montana since I believe that this is the only way to overcome problems, Anastasiades said.

Replying to a question, Anastasiades said in his letters he outlines the proposals he has submitted with a view to creating the conditions for the resumption of the talks but also the proposals with a view to overcoming deadlocks created due to unacceptable demands, either of Turkey or the Turkish Cypriots.

However, Anastasiades said that he reiterated the National Council’s decision that talks could resume on the condition that Turkish illegal moves in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone would be lifted.

The President said that it is important for Turkey to realize that a solution to the Cyprus problem cannot be reached through actions that cause tensions and increase the Greek Cypriot’s concerns on the Turkish intentions, while he described the Turkish side’s moves concerning Varosha as a distraction move to the measures we’ve taken and of course the reactions of the European Union.

This is a negative step but at the same time it shows the intentions of Turkey and consequently of the Turkish Cypriot side, he added.

Asked if Turkey could be obstructed from its next moves, Anastasiades said not with military means as we do have neither a navy nor the military might, but we do not intent to engage or to increase the crisis.

He however noted that Nicosia has not stayed inactive as apart from the legal measures against individuals (foreign individuals engaged in Turkey’s illegal drilling operations in the Cypriot EEZ) and for the first time we have engaged the EU with the decisions made in the last EU Summit for imposing measures (against Turkey).

Anastasiades reiterated that the measures against Turkey are not an end in itself.

It is, however the defense we have, so that Turkey could realize that illegal actions could create much more problems from the gains it thinks it could obtain from violating the international law.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory. The last round of UN-brokered talks broke down in July 2017 in the swiss resort of Crans Montana.

Source: Cyprus News Agency