UN Secretary General’s report leaves room for hope, President Anastasiades says

The UN Secretary General leaves room for hope in his report on the Cyprus problem, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said, noting that the Greek Cypriot side will strengthen this hope through initiatives.

Speaking in Limassol and asked if the initiative undertaken by UN Secretary General’s envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute had produced any results, President Anastasiades said he did not wish to comment. The Secretary General’s report speaks for itself, so any comments do not contribute to the effort for a positive prospect. Thus, I do not wish to make any comments, he said.

Replying to other questions, President Anastasiades said Lute was a very efficient envoy, who is trying to find common ground so that the talks can resume, which was and remains our aim too.

Asked if the UN Secretary General’s report gave rise to hope, President Anastasiades said there was still hope through the report and we want to strengthen this hope.

This is why I undertake some initiatives in a positive direction, in order to create the necessary elements for a creative dialogue to restart, he added.

The President noted that dogmatic positions and insisting on positions that trouble one community, to be more specific, the insistence of the Turkish Cypriots on something unprecedented in the whole world, to have a decisive role in the governance of the country, through their positive vote, does not contribute to that which we are striving for.

I have never dismissed the positive vote if this will be exercised to protect the interests of the Turkish Cypriot community, and this is the true answer to the acceptance or not of the policy of equality, President Anastasiades said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency