Remarks by the President of the Republic following the Doxology on the occasion of the anniversary of 1 April

What must be decided at the dinner between the two leaders of the two communities tomorrow, if we all have the same objective, is for the negotiations to resume immediately with realistic proposals that will serve the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and not the interests of any other third country, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, said today.

In his remarks to reporters following the Doxology (Celebration Church Service) at the St. John’s Cathedral in Nicosia, in celebration of the anniversary of 1 April, 1955 marking the launch of the anticolonial liberation struggle in Cyprus, the President of the Republic, when asked to comment on the message of the Day, said that “today is a historic day for the people of Cyprus, and my presence here is a tangible demonstration of the honor that the State owes to those who gave their lives, to those who fought, to those who were tortured, to those who made sacrifices, in order for us to rid ourselves from the British colonial rule and gain our freedom.

Nobody can ignore this day, whichever community they belong to, because as a result of that struggle the Republic of Cyprus was established and which everybody has an obligation to respect.

The efforts that are being made today aim, following the tragic events of 1974, to the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus into a federal structure, based, however, always on the principles and values of the European Union, of international law and the European acquis.”

Asked to comment on the new conditions set by the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community about a timetable, a road map, a change of procedure, and an arbitration role by the UN, President Anastasiades said that “if those who may possibly suggest such a thing really feel the need for expediting the finding of a solution, they must return at the earliest, beyond and away from any preconditions, to the dialogue that can produce results.

They must realize, at the same time, that for 43 years now the Greek Cypriot side has been undertaking efforts for a solution, taking into consideration the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots. The other side must also similarly realize that the support for a solution is not just a matter of words but also of deeds; namely, through proposals that correspond to the establishment of a modern state that will not ignore either the rights or the justified concerns of any citizen.

Consequently, what must be decided tomorrow, if we all have the same objective, is for the negotiations to resume immediately with realistic proposals that will serve the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and not the interests of any other third country.”

Source: Press and Information Office