President’s ultimate goal is a well prepared and quick resumption of Cyprus talks, Minister says

Minister of Justice and Public Order, Ionas Nicolaou, said on Sunday that the ultimate goal of the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is a well prepared and quick resumption of the Cyprus talks.

Nicolaou expressed hope that the contacts of the UNSGs envoy Jane Holl Lute, as well as the forthcoming informal meeting between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, will help formulate the terms of reference for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.

The Minister said that “we expect written positions, in order to see which of the two sides respects the previous convergences achieved and which one withdraws, thus delaying the resumption of the talks.”

Nicolaou noted that showing understanding to the other sides concerns about the issue of governance does not change the actual substance of the Cyprus problem, which is a problem of occupation, that will be terminated only with the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and the abolition of the harmful, anachronistic and obsolete system of guarantees.

In the context of a solution, there is no room for troops or guardians, he added.

He stressed that the Greek Cypriot side makes every possible effort for the liberation and reunification of Cyprus, noting that their vision is a modern, European Cyprus, that would set an example for peaceful coexistence, respect and hope, thus meeting the expectations of the people and especially the younger generation.

The Minister was delivering the eulogy at a memorial service in Pachna. His speech was read out by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Andreas Ashiotis.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency