The minutes regarding Eide’s statements will be made public, Cyprus President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday evening that both the minutes that were kept by the Greek Cypriot delegation and the UN during the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, as regards particular references made by UN SG’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide will be made public.

He was addressing the anti-occupation event organised by Kyrenian local authorities and bodies, in Nicosia.

Referring to the process in Crans � Montana he pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side put forward proposals which were mindful of Turkish Cypriot concerns and Greek Cypriot sensitivities.

We proposed a solution which would create the conditions for a modern, European state, free from any dependencies from third parties, he said.

A solution he added, structured in the framework of UN Security Council resolutions and the acquis of the EU of which the Republic of Cyprus is an equal member.

A solution which aimed to put an end to today’s unacceptable state of affairs and would lead to a reunified Cyprus, under certain terms and conditions. That is to say that guarantor rights or any intervention rights, as they are interpreted by Turkey, the presence of any occupying troops would come to an end so that we can feel that we live a truly sovereign, independent state, fully harmonised with the European acquis, he pointed out.

We asked, he underlined, what any state, UN member state and EU member states is entitled to. Because, he added, there is no similar example in the world of a modern country or even of a semi-developed or underdeveloped country, needing guarantees and in particular guarantors those who invaded and still occupy the territory of a country which is a full EU member.

And it is sad, he said, truly it is sad, people who represent, supposedly, international law, as the SG’s Special Adviser, to lie in public so that they can cover Ankara’s intransigence, and even to invoke confidentiality when they are called on to reveal details of exactly what was said, but they do not hesitate to say that Turkey was ready.

What they do not know, President Anastasiades said, is that both their minutes and our own minutes, will be made public in detail so that once and for all who is telling the truth can be revealed.

When there are such people representing the UN it is no wonder how Turkey’s intransigence persists, he noted.

He expressed his sadness that I am speaking in such a way against a UN Special Adviser, the person who supposedly represents international legitimacy. President Anastasiades also said that Eide’s statements as have been expressed today that supposedly the Secretary General was tired and it is likely that he did not understand or correctly attributed what he was hearing. were unthinkable.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency