President says Greek Cypriot side has not change its policy for a Cyprus settlemen

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday that there is no change in the long-standing policy of the Greek Cypriot side on reaching a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

In mid-February the Turkish Cypriot leader unexpectedly created a crisis by withdrawing from the dialogue and despite repeated calls he has yet to resume the negotiating process, the President noted, according to an official press release issued by the Press and Information Office. He was speaking during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, where he received the credentials of the Ambassador of Chile to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Athens, Maria Pia Busta Diaz.

“However, I would like to stress that the decision for a simple reference to a historical fact cannot be perceived as a change of our long-standing policy on reaching a settlement on the basis of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation in line with the relevant UN security Council resolutions, and be blown out of proportion with the aim of suspending the negotiating process”.

Anastasiades stressed that he will not allow anyone to doubt the sincere intentions of the Greek Cypriot side nor his concerning the effort to reach a solution.

“Concurrently, I am obliged to emphasize in the strongest terms the importance of the progress that has been achieved so far and that what is of significance and utmost importance is to remain concentrated to the continuation of the dialogue, in full respect of convergences already reached, so as to address the remaining differences; rather than focus on trivialities, misinterpretations or pretentious exploitation of events that distort our efforts or focus to achieving our end-goal of re-uniting Cyprus” he said.

“If everyone desires the achievement of the same objective, we have to work with determination and abandon any pretexts, and in particular any unacceptable claims and preconditions that do not serve the interests of the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots” the President added.

“Thus, all interested parties, and in particular Turkey, should show the same degree of commitment, participate constructively, and, beyond the rhetoric of support in the process, will move forward with concrete and tangible steps. We do therefore hope that Turkey, which maintains illegally more than 40,000 occupation troops in Cyprus, will revisit its policies, particularly in the fields of security and guarantees and as regards demands that do not adhere to our capacity as a member state of the EU and will positively contribute to the efforts of reaching a settlement” said Anastasiades.

The President also noted that the Cypriot economy is emerging stronger and stands ready to face current challenges, utilizing its full potential. He added that the country’s comparative advantages not only remain intact, but have been further enhanced and expanded, setting them apart from most investment destinations.

He said that his Government’s most important priority is to attract investors in the productive sectors of the economy, following the restoration of the state’s and the financial system’s credibility.

Presenting her credentials, the Chilean Ambassador said that Chile has been committed to Cyprus over the years through diplomatic efforts to help alleviate the consequences of its territorial division and to support a comprehensive and peaceful solution on the basis of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

“Chile, as a member of the United Nations strongly concerned with peacekeeping processes, actively participates in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) since 2003, and presently with a contingent of fourteen personnel of its Army and Navy, thus contributing to the efforts of the United Nations in order to obtain a solution to the physical division affecting the country” she said.

“In accordance with this longstanding policy, on behalf of the President of Chile, I wish to reiterate our most sincere hope as a country, that an understanding between Cypriots and other parties is reached for a fair settlement of the Cypriot question, underlining that Chile permanently supports the negotiation process in order to find a solution to the situation” the Chilean ambassador noted.

Source: Cyprus News Agency