The government has made it clear that in 2017 one cannot talk about occupation armies and military guarantees with regard to a European Union member state.
The best security for the entire people of Cyprus is the solution itself, which we are trying to achieve, as well as Cyprus’ EU membership, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said, responding to press questions, in the town of Yeroskipou, in Pafos district.
The argument Turkey’s Foreign Minister puts forward that the Turkish army on the island will protect Cyprus from third countries is proof that he is not at all aware of the state of affairs in Cyprus.
The situation Cyprus finds itself in today and the continuing occupation of the country’s northern part is the result of Turkey’s presence in Cyprus, he pointed out.
The Spokesman outlined these positions when invited by the press to comment on Mevlut Cavusoglu’s interview in the Greek language daily Fileleftheros, in which he said that Turkey’s military presence in Cyprus will continue. He also said that the vast majority of the Turkish Cypriots would not support a political settlement which does not secure Ankara’s guarantees. In addition he claimed that the Greek Cypriots are not prepared to go the extra mile to reach a settlement.
On Nicosia’s plans to exploit its natural resources in its exclusive economic zone, the Spokesman said that the government is not going to get engaged in Turkey’s communications tactics to question matters in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Our moves are in line with international law and in cooperation with neighbouring states, he said, adding that the best response to Ankara on this score is to carry on with our energy planning.
UN-facilitated peace talks are currently underway with a view to reunite Cyprus under a federal roof. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met on Wednesday, and both tabled their own proposals to move things forward.
President Anastasiades has said he would address the people to outline his proposal. Akinci has said that his proposal suggests to discuss all pending issues as a package.
Turkey does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus. Its troops occupy the Republic’s northern part since they invaded in 1974.
Source: Cyprus News Agency