President: We will not accept any solution that would collapse the next day

We do not accept any solution that will collapse the day after agreement is reached, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday, adding that no one wants that and no one wants to live in uncertainty.

Addressing a memorial service in the community of Pachna, in Limassol District, President Anastasiades assured that the government’s goal is not to find a solution which would not meet the expectations, concerns or claims of the Greeks of Cyprus.

“We strive to achieve a solution that will create the conditions allowing all citizens to live in security, prosperity, to have peaceful coexistence and mutual respect of all legal residents of the country,” he pointed out.

President Anastasiades conveyed the message abroad, as he said, that people of Cyprus have limits and dignity and that there are limits in the compromise sought.

The Greek Cypriot side, he noted, pursues peace and has proven it during the talks in Crans – Montana when it boldly put forward proposals, conditional to ending anachronistic guarantees, invasive rights and the presence of the Turkish occupation army.

The Cyprus President also said that the goal of the Government, as demonstrated by a multi-level foreign policy, is to create and challenge the international community, including EU countries, the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, Arab States and every other friend of Cyprus, to influence Turkey and send a strong message, that “in order to have a solution, mutual respect is required.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Efforts under the UN auspices to solve the problem, the latest of which having resulted in a Conference on Cyprus in the Swiss resort Crans – Montana last summer, have not yielded any results yet.

Source: Cyprus News Agency