Willingness for solution is judged on negotiating table, Spokesman says

The willingness to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem is judged on the negotiating table, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

Christodoulides also dismissed allegations of Turkish media according to which the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side have pledged, in the framework of their UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem, a moratorium of hydrocarbons-related activities until July 31st.

These allegations are not true, the Spokesman said, adding that this is demonstrated by Cyprus energy plans.

According to PIO, the Spokesman was speaking to journalists in New Delhi, where he accompanies the Cypriot President during his state visit there.

He said that the Cyprus talks continue and the negotiators of the two sides prepare the agenda of the leaders meeting (President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci) that will take place on the 2nd of May.

Christodoulides added that the willingness of two sides as regards their truth intentions for a solution of the Cyprus problem is judged through the proposals they submit at the negotiating table.

He also pointed out that the climate at the Cyprus talks is not the best and this is due to Turkeys stance.

The Spokesman was also invited to comment on the reactions after the Cypriot President decided to refer to the Supreme Court a law passed by the Parliament which transfers the authority to commemorate the 1950 referendum on union with Greece from the House of Representatives to the Ministry of Education.The decision came after Attorney General Costas Clerides said in an opinion that the law may be unconstitutional.

The bill was tabled in the aftermath of a dispute caused by the introduction of a brief annual commemoration of the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum in state schools, prompting Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to withdraw from the reunification talks until the decision was rescinded.

The Spokesman said that Presidents obligation to refer the law to the Supreme Court is being exploited by some, including the Turkish Cypriot side, who question the Presidents true intentions to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem, and enter a blame game and he stressed that the President does by no means want to follow such a tactic.

Christodoulides said that we are in a process in which seriousness is needed.

He reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side does not want to get involved in a blame game.

We seek to end the occupation, to resolve the Cyprus problem as soon as possible. It is our own country which is under occupation and the real intentions of each and every one of us are judged at the negotiating table, “he said.

He underlined that if we all truly wish for a solution let us focus on the negotiating table where crucial meetings will follow and we will be judged there.

Talks for a Cyprus solution resumed on April 11. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in the talks since May 2015 with a view to reunited the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency