“Being stuck on claims that give rise to privileges not found in the constitution of any other member of the UN or even the EU does not constitute a guarantee of legal rights”, the President of Cyprus states in his reply to the occupied territories’ leader Mustafa Akinci.
The full statement:
In response to today’s declaration by the Turkish-Cypriot leader Mr. Akinci, the President of Cyprus would like to note the following:
- We would be grateful if the productive stance on behalf of the Turkish-Cypriot side was focused not only on defending the “legal rights” of the Turkish-Cypriot community, but also, through the necessary for mutual respect to be shown towards the legal rights of the Greek-Cypriot community, and in particular towards those rights which were infringed due to the illegal invasion and the ongoing occupation since 1974.
- Traditionally, for the past 45 years, the Greek Cypriot side has proved its sincere political will, with historical compromises to secure the legal rights of both communities. This does not mean, of course, that the invocation of the safeguarding of the legal rights of the Turkish-Cypriot community will allow for unprecedented conditions of international law to be created and provisions for one community to prevail over the other. We have proven that, by accepting political equality, we respect the concerns of the Turkish-Cypriot community. But adherence to claims that create privileges not found in the constitution of any other UN or EU member does not constitute a guarantee of legal rights, but it rather comprises a democratic paradox and will lead to the adoption of a dysfunctional and unviable solution.
The President of Cyprus reiterates in the most emphatic way his determination to meet in Berlin with the UN Secretary General, as well as his political will to remain absolutely positive regarding the adoption of the Terms of Reference, as was the common understanding with Mr. Akinci, which was reached during their meeting on 9 August 2019.
Finally, commenting on Mr. Akinci’s statements on energy issues, the President of Cyprus wishes to point out that Cyprus and its sovereign rights are not under negotiation; he calls for Mr. Akinci to respect the convergences reached between President Christofias and Mr. Talat, which were reaffirmed during their discussions, while recalling his counterproposal that fully and comprehensively safeguards the rights of the Turkish-Cypriot community./ibna