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I am ready to return to the negotiating table at any time if certain conditions are met and respected - President Anastasiades

I am ready to return to the negotiating table at any time if certain conditions are met and respected - President Anastasiades
In his statements to the journalists during his visit to the Galatas Cultural Center, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, to the question how the Government's planning for the Troodos development projects is progressing, he said that "in cooperation with the Troodos Development Company and with the appointment of Mr Papadouris, a leader in the foundation of the Company, and  coordination of the Ministries, the projects that have been carried out, as well as the study on strategic planning, I believe it will lay the foundations for further development in a planning that will allow for real hope and perspective".

Then, in response to a question on the statements by the Turkish side and Mr Akinci in particular on a two-state solution, President Anastasiades described as "unacceptable any statements made by Mr Akinci and the provocations that come one after the other, but I would not want to get involved in a game that aims to lay blame, and that they supposedly have no choice but to go through with what they were planning from 1956, 1963-64 and were completed at our own responsibility in 1974.

What Mr Akinci has to think about is - I have said it in the past, I will repeat it now: How is it possible to blame those whose properties he is withholding, those whose human rights he is violating, that they should accept any the claim of the Turkish Cypriot community with a privileged treatment that is found nowhere in any constitution in the world".

Asked if he sees the process starting in any way, with a possible meeting with the UN Secretary-General in New York be the starting point for the resumption of the talks or whether any developments will come after the presidential elections, the President of the Republic underlined: "We do not associate the Presidential elections with the process of resolving the Cyprus problem. I have already made it known that I am ready to return to the negotiating table at any time if certain conditions are met and respected, which the SG itself mentions in the draft of the proposals.

Therefore, it does not depend on us, we are one of the parties involved, and there seems to be a reluctance from Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leadership since they speak outside of the UN parameters, while at the same time speak of the so called need of living side by side, etc.

What matters is to have a good preparation for not repeating sessions that increase the expectations of the people, and due to the lack of adequate preparation they collapse and at the same time collapse the expectations of the Cypriot people".

Finally, commenting on the recent ban on the performance of a liturgy at the occupied Ayios Mamas, President Anastasiades said that this is a totally unacceptable act "which will be denounced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both to the EU Member States and to the SG and the members of the Security Council of the UN".

Asked if the documents will be given to other members of the National Council, he said he has no problem doing so at the next National Council./IBNA

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