We will not abandon the effort for solution, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has stressed that despite disappointment in the unsuccessful outcome of a Conference on Cyprus, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland last summer, he will not abandon the effort to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

President Anastasiades was speaking during an event at the Presidential Palace, on Thursday, in honour of those who fought in the 1963 � 1964 period.

We want the homeland we will hand over to the next generation to have solid foundations, he said. Foundations of cooperation with everyone, healthy and effective institutions which will guarantee a secure future in a prosperous country with a European identity, he added.

In order to achieve this, it is necessary to complete the great effort of reaching a solution of the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades noted.

He spoke of the great effort made by the government in the Crans � Montana conference where for the first time the basic matters of anachronistic guarantees, intervention rights and withdrawal of Turkish occupying troops were put forward.

It is a fact that the outcome disappointed us, President Anastasiades said, adding however that we will not abandon the effort.

I have already informed the United Nations Secretary General, the European Union and the entire international community that the Greek Cypriot side is always ready to proceed on all the matters which the 1960’s agreements failed to guarantee, he said.

On the one hand, he added, the establishment of an independent state and on the other creating those conditions which will allow the influence of guarantor powers to disturb the rule of law and the normal operation of the state in general.

Our determination to return to the negotiating table should be taken for granted, he stressed, on the internal aspects in order to deal with difficulties and so that those conditions which will result with a state in line with the acquis communautaire while guaranteeing sustainability and functionality.

I have conveyed the message towards all directions, he said that in order for a new Conference on Cyprus to take place it should be well prepared so that we do not encounter the Turkish intransigence which insisted in maintaining guarantor and intervention rights and a military base in the northern part of the country with the presence of Turkish troops indefinitely.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency