I am not willing to engage in a game for the cultivation of the climate they want, for the aims they seek, said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, today, when asked to comment on hostile remarks on the part of Turkey, which target him personally as well.
In his remarks to reporters on the sidelines of the 8th Mediterranean Oil and Natural Gas Forum, the President, in response to a question about his telephone communication with the Secretary of State of the United States of America that took place yesterday, and when asked to say whether there is any international initiative to break the impasse in the talks on the Cyprus problem, said that “what I talked about with the new Secretary of State of the United states are the excellent relations that we maintain at a bilateral level and the desire for them to continue, and the need for expanding the cooperation.
However, when we focused on the Cyprus problem, what the US Secretary of State expressed is the desire for continuation of the dialogue and the encouragement for such a continuation; and of course I had the opportunity to explain how and why we were led to an inexcusable impasse, after 22 months of a dialogue that was productive but with many problems.
He (the US Secretary of State) expressed the wish to do whatever is humanly possible in order for the dialogue to be resumed.”
In response to an observation by a reporter that the hostile language on the part of Turkey is being intensified greatly with regard to the talks on the Cyprus problem and even toward the President of the Republic himself personally, and when asked as to where we are heading, the President said that “you mean to say where we are heading on the basis of the referendum in Turkey. You understand that the high rhetorical tone of the Turkish leadership, and even the interruption of the dialogue, represent nothing but the domestic needs to succeed in the aims they have set.
When Mr Bahceli, who is an ally in this effort and for the achievement of the aims of President Erdogan, reached the point to threaten us or to fire off nonsensically that if we want ‘Enosis’ we should migrate to Athens, you understand by now as to why the Greek Cypriot side or me personally receive the attacks.
I am not willing to engage in a game for the cultivation of the climate they want, for the aims they seek.”
Asked whether he thinks that nothing may change in a positive direction after the referendum in Turkey, the President said that “the future will show this. I think that the premature forecasting, without excluding anything, is not useful.”
Asked to talk about the content of his letter to the UN Secretary General, the President said that “I present the facts as they are, as the facts were and as they are, I reiterate our desire and willingness for the dialogue to continue – in any case it is not us that abandoned the negotiating table – and I explain the triviality of the reason that supposedly led to the interruption of the dialogue.
But at the same time, I also explain the unanimous decision of the National Council –and I do not think there could be a clearer explanation of what they voted on Friday with a reference to a historical event – that no one in the Greek Cypriot community is seeking the solution of ‘Enosis’ or, of course, of partition, whereas through the unanimous decision of the National Council the position that the objective is the achievement of a solution on the basis of the UN resolutions, the decisions of the Security Council and the unanimous decisions of the National Council, is reconfirmed and reiterated.
Consequently, any other demands by the Turkish Cypriot leader that we supposedly must correct are not justified. What should we correct, History? Both positive and negative events are recorded during the historical course of every state, every people. Consequently, what should we correct?”/IBNA