We are ready to negotiate a Cyprus solution based on an agreed procedure, says Spokesman

The Greek Cypriot side is ready to negotiate a Cyprus solution that will end the Turkish occupation and will be viable and functional, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said.

Speaking on Sunday during a memorial service for the fallen heroes of the village of Lythrodontas, who lost their lives during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, the Spokesman referred to the meeting President Nicos Anastasiades will have on Monday morning with UNSG Special envoy Jane Hall Lute Lute.

Lute will hold separate meetings with President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. She is then set to visit Athens, London and Ankara before returning to New York to brief UNSG.

Prodromou said that the President will convey to SGs Envoy our sides readiness and determination not only to negotiate but go all the way through in order to reach a solution that will end Turkeys occupation and reunite the island, on the basis of decisions and the United Nations resolutions and via a process that is already agreed upon. He pointed out that we are not ready to engage into a slippery process , one that the Turkish side is trying to get us into like it did during the Crans Montana Conference, last July.

The Spokesman called on Turkey to end its intransigence stance and , show the necessary political and respond to the Guterres Framework put forward by the UNSG last July , adding that the Greek Cypriot side is ready for a compromise, however the solution needs to be accepted by all and has to be viable and functional. He went on to say that Cyprus needs to be evolved into a normal state without guarantors and intervention rights by third powers, a state full member of the EU where the international law and EU principles and rights are exercised.

In another memorial service in Limassol, the Presidents Undersecretary Vasilis Palmas said that our ultimate goal is to reach our countrys reunification and to this end we struggle and show our utmost efforts. He said that our efforts are persistent and systematic and expressed hope that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots will respond to these efforts so that we have those conditions that will lead to the resumptions of the peace talks.

Cyprus remains divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island. Numerous UN-backed talks, aiming at reunifying the island under a federal roof, failed to yield any results. The latest round of peace talks took place last July at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency