Status quo in Cyprus continues due to lack of political will in the Turkish side, President says

The reason for the continuation of the unacceptable status quo in Cyprus lies exclusively in the lack of political will on behalf of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday.

He was speaking after a religious ceremony at a Nicosia cemetery, commemorating those fallen during the 1974 coup d’ etat, which was instigated by the Greek military junta against the government of Cyprus.

In statements later to the Press, the President expressed hope that both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots will change their mindset in order to reach a viable and functioning solution, in line with EU principles.

Asked about the forthcoming visit of Jane Holl Lute, in her capacity as personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General, and the possible resumption of settlement talks, President Anastasiades said that our position is well-known. The efforts of various governments concentrated on reaching finally a peaceful and viable settlement. The basis [for this settlement] has been agreed.

The reason for the continuation of this unacceptable status quo lies exclusively in the lack of political will on behalf of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, the President underlined.

Asked about a letter sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, to the Security Council, concerning the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the President said he would not respond to allegations and that he wants to keep it low-key. We will tell Lute whatever there is to say, the President noted.

Referring to the anniversary of the 1974 coup, President Anastasiades said that this has been the result of division. He asked finally everyone to reflect on how to deal with today’s tragic reality by standing united.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. A UN-backed Conference on Cyprus last summer in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Status quo in Cyprus continues due to lack of political will in the Turkish side, President says

The reason for the continuation of the unacceptable status quo in Cyprus lies exclusively in the lack of political will on behalf of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday.

He was speaking after a religious ceremony at a Nicosia cemetery, commemorating those fallen during the 1974 coup d’ etat, which was instigated by the Greek military junta against the government of Cyprus.

In statements later to the Press, the President expressed hope that both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots will change their mindset in order to reach a viable and functioning solution, in line with EU principles.

Asked about the forthcoming visit of Jane Holl Lute, in her capacity as personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General, and the possible resumption of settlement talks, President Anastasiades said that our position is well-known. The efforts of various governments concentrated on reaching finally a peaceful and viable settlement. The basis [for this settlement] has been agreed.

The reason for the continuation of this unacceptable status quo lies exclusively in the lack of political will on behalf of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, the President underlined.

Asked about a letter sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, to the Security Council, concerning the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the President said he would not respond to allegations and that he wants to keep it low-key. We will tell Lute whatever there is to say, the President noted.

Referring to the anniversary of the 1974 coup, President Anastasiades said that this has been the result of division. He asked finally everyone to reflect on how to deal with today’s tragic reality by standing united.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. A UN-backed Conference on Cyprus last summer in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency