It is our intention to finally achieve a solution that would satisfy both sides and create a state which would have the conditions of peaceful coexistence and reunification, without occupation troops and unacceptable guarantees, the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has noted.
Speaking to journalists today, at the Presidential Palace, after a meeting of the National Council, and asked specifically about the meeting, President Anastasiades said that “in spite of the existing disagreements I have the sense that it was a productive meeting. I listened to the concerns and some disagreements conveyed by the political leaders. I respectfully take into consideration everything that was said and we will move forward always in consultation with the leaders and the Greek Government”.
Asked about the multilateral meeting and more specifically, who would be attending, as well as what initiatives will the Greek Cypriot side undertake regarding this matter, the President of the Republic said that “what must be done will be done.
We are always talking about a multilateral meeting; the presence of the European Union is a sine qua non. As regards the presence of the Permanent Members of the Security Council, actions have been and are being taken so that they would be present”.
Invited to say whether the political leaders would accompany him to Geneva, he replied affirmatively, saying “of course, everyone who is participating in the National Council”.
Replying to another question, President Anastasiades noted that “we will continue the dialogue where it was left off in Mont Pelerin, and that was the objective and the request of the political parties after the impasse. This is what we did. The moment of truth will come at some point. If there is a need to continue the dialogue, it will continue. We proceed with determination and always guided by the views and positions of the Greek Cypriot side, always guided by the worries and concerns, without overlooking the equivalent concerns of the Turkish Cypriots.
It is our intention to finally, at some point, achieve a solution that would satisfy both sides to the extent that it creates a state which would have the conditions of peaceful coexistence and reunification, without occupation troops and unacceptable guarantees”.
Asked about the level of coordination between the Greek and Cyprus Governments, the President of Cyprus said that “we have regular contacts; and yesterday even. We will meet in Israel (with the Greek Prime Minister) tomorrow in view of the trilateral meeting and on the 16th of the month in Brussels, and surely, if the need arises, and I definitely think it is necessary, a meeting will be held in Athens as well, in order to be in line with the Greek Government as regards the issues that will be discussed at the multilateral meeting”./IBNA