Anastasiades: What I’m interested in is for the tripartite meeting to materialize

Anastasiades: What I’m interested in is for the tripartite meeting to materialize

His comments on the European Council on the 15th and 16th of the month

By Michalis Michael

What interests me is for a trilateral meeting to be held in any country, capital or in any case wherever the SG wishes to call it, the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, said today. Speaking to reporters, while attending a lunch given by the Finnish EU Presidency, and invited to comment on the Security Council’s decision on Varosha, the President of the Republic said that “I am very pleased that it was a unanimous decision. Based on this was the statement by the President of the Security Council, who reaffirms the determination to implement Resolutions 550 and 789, which concern precisely the restoration of Famagusta to its rightful owners or residents”.

In a journalist’s remark that Turkey appears to place obstacles even to the possibility of a trilateral meeting between the President of the Republic, the UN Secretary-General and the Turkish Cypriot leader, President Anastasiades said “I do not want to comment. What interests me is to hold a trilateral meeting in any country, capital or in any case wherever the SG wishes to convene it. We have neither raised objections to the date nor objections to the location, that is, the venue for the tripartite, nor to what we have agreed on 9 August”.

Asked what the Republic of Cyprus would seek to secure from the European Council on October 17, President Anastasiades replied: “those decided by the European Council on June 15 and reiterated in the same manner at the Foreign Ministers Meeting on July 15”.

Invited to comment on Turkey’s conflict in Syria, the President said it was “yet another unacceptable and arbitrary act of Turkey, which is condemned by at least our own family, the EU, and I do not consider it to be justified in any way. Another illegal act, arbitrary, for the satisfaction of Turkish interests”./ibna