Speaker says Greek Cypriot side should be concerned whether Turkey would respect an agreement

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has said on Sunday that it should be of concern to the Greek Cypriot side whether Turkey will respect any agreement in the future.

Speaking at the memorial service of hero Costas Valanides, in the village of Agridia, the President of the House pointed out Turkey’s intransigence and its unwillingness to act for a solution of the Cyprus problem, should make the Greek Cypriot side more concerned, as he said.

We must not forget the facts and the attitude of the Turkish invaders he said, especially at a time when the Turkish leadership has been showing an authoritative attitude.

Since 1974 Turkey has not respected any agreement and it should concern us whether it will respect any agreement from now on he noted.

Should Turkey have responded to the efforts of the Greek Cypriot side, we would be more optimistic about the solution, Syllouris said.

Instead, he continued, Turkeys priorities are the upgrading and strengthening of the puppet regime. Its ultimate goal, he noted, is the weakening and the de-recognition of the Republic of Cyprus. He stressed that Turkey is not showing willingness to contribute to the effort to solve the problem it has created and is making the situation worse by threatening a hot incident, violating the EEZ of Cyprus and the Aegean Sea and not complying with its EU obligations. Its attitude already demonstrates its intentions. Any sort of pressure should be directed to Turkey, not us he said.

Concluding Syllouris said that “issues such as the Cyprus problem will determine whether Europe believes in itself, its principles and whether it promotes them without any deviation.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The UN Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Conference will take place with the participation of President Anastasiades and Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

Source: Cyprus News Agency