Stagnation in Cyprus issue raises the risk of partition, President Anastasiades says

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has emphasized the need for the Cyprus negotiations to resume.

In an interview to the Greek newspaper Ta Nea, the President underlined that the stagnation in the Cyprus problem increases the risk of partition.

He reiterated that after the meeting of the National Council, his top advisory body as regards the Cyprus issue, he will seek a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader.

“The basis of the talks is defined and should be respected by all parties. This is the way to come back and strive for a reasonable agreement that will remove the risk of partition, which is becoming more visible as long as there is stagnation in the problem” he said.

The President also referred to the recent statements of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, saying that they seek to bring new terms to the negotiations, which hampers the prospects for the resumption of the talks.

He also commented Turkey’s provocations in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, saying that Cyprus will not abolish its sovereign rights and will seek to efficiently implement its energy plans. Cyprus sees the energy issue as a blessing, not as a curse, stated President Anastasiades, expressing the wish that Turkey would adopt a similar stance.

Regarding the goals of his new presidential term, President Anastasiades said that his priorities remain the Cyprus Problem, economic progress and the implementation of energy plans, pointing out that he leaves open the possibility of collaborating with other political parties, as he did during his previous term.

Source: Cyprus News Agency