President says we seek a solution that will allow Cyprus to be truly sovereign

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has stressed that he seeks a solution of the Cyprus problem that would allow the state to be truly sovereign and independent.

Speaking on Wednesday evening at an event for the missing persons, the President said that ‘we seek a way, through a persistent negotiation to make our homeland a truly sovereign and independent state, a state of peace and prosperity.”

A state, he added, in which democratic institutions will be implemented and will be respected, as well as human rights, the EU acquis communautaire, the values and principles of Europe and the UN.

This, he said, is the essence of the effort to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

‘It is for this reason that we highlighted for the first time and to such an extent the anachronistic system of guarantees and the so called intervention rights and the continuation of the presence of occupation troops’, he underlined, referring to the Conference on Cyprus that began this year in Switzerland.

In particular, referring to the second part of the Conference that took place between June 28 � July 7 in the Swiss resort in Crans Montana, the President said that he told Turkish Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu that Turkey cannot insist on being guarantor of the independence of a state, member of the EU.

‘How do you expect me to go back (to Cyprus) and tell my compatriots that I may propose a solution that will allow the continuation of the presence of the occupation troops, how do you want me to convey to the relatives of those who have been murdered by your troops, but especially to those who still live with the hope that the more than a thousand missing persons will be found, how can I convey such a message, why do you insist on being a guarantor of the independence of a full EU member state, a UN member state, when we (Cyprus) will be the only example in the world of an independent country that is under the guarantee of the country which occupies it”, the President said he told the Turkish FM in Crans Montana.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided by Turkish troops since 1974. The new round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, failed to produce any results. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency