President says that if Turkey’s rhetoric coincides with real actions, a lot might be achieved

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades expressed the belief that if if Turkey’s rhetoric coincides with real actions, we do expect that we might do a lot in the Geneva Conference on Cyprus which is set to reconvene within June.

Speaking during a reception hosted by Cyprus Ambassador to US Leonidas Pantelides, for the participants of the PSEKA Conference, the President said that last Sunday he had a a fruitful meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his compatriot Mustafa Akinci (the Turkish Cypritot leader).

“We are trying to see how a new Geneva will deliver. I am trying my best, as you are doing, in order to see that the freedom of movement, the freedom of establishment, the requisition of property are going to be well secured, so far as we are a European country. This is what I am fighting for and I do believe that if Turkey’s rhetoric coincides with real actions, we do expect that we might do a lot, he stressed.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy, the Government Spokesman, the diplomatic corps of Cyprus and Greece, the Ambassador of the US to Cyprus, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs as well as members of the Greek and Cyprus diaspora and of the American Jewish Community were present at the reception.

The leaders of Cyprus’ two communities and the UN Secretary-General on Sunday agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June, in line with the 12 January statement of the conference.

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met in New York, with the UN Secretary General in an effort to help make headway in the Cyprus peace process.

Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in talks since May 2015 to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency