Anastasiades: Yesterday Turkey confirmed its unchanged position on the Cyprus issue

Anastasiades: Yesterday Turkey confirmed its unchanged position on the Cyprus issue

Turkey confirmed yesterday in the loudest way possible their unchangeable position on the Cyprus issue which they have retained even since the founding of the Republic of Cyprus, said today Cypriot President Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, noting that the creation of two states has no place in the Cyprus issue.

Speaking to the press during a visit to Psematismenos Village, when asked to comment on the provocative and threatening statements made by the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, the President said: “I am sincerely saddened by this behavior and attitude which, however, is not unprecedented; we have gotten to know it all too well throughout the negotiation process on the Cyprus issue. It is well known that failure to reach a solution was not due to the lack of will on the part of the Greek-Cypriot community, but a result of Turkish intransigence.

Yesterday (Turkey) confirmed in the loudest way possible their unchanged position that was crystallized much earlier, even as back as the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus.

The message I want to convey to our political leadership is to take everything that is expressed, delivered and implemented through specific policies and to stop dictating that we should, without negotiation, accept positions that will simply be accepted as a faits accomplis without receiving anything.

Our aim is to prevent these unacceptable positions expressed either by the President or by the Turkish Foreign Minister, or by the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community.

The creation of two states has no place, sovereign equality has no place, because it presupposes the existence of sovereignty. Our aim is to find a solution within the parameters of the UN. Significant work and convergences have been achieved, and consequently, based on the letters of the Secretary-General, we will head to Geneva with the positions expressed by the UN, the Security Council, the EU, all states, seeking to find a solution that will transform the Republic of Cyprus into a bicommunal state, but above all a functional one, which will not become the protectorate of Ankara, which will guarantee the rights of all of Cypriot citizens, whether Greek-Cypriots or Turkish-Cypriots.”

“We have never thought of capitalizing upon political equality, political equality between the two entities, but also political equality as interpreted by Security Council Resolution 716, which does not necessarily require a positive vote on all decisions.”

He added that he accepts the positive vote in the event that a proposal to the Council of Ministers after the resolution of the Cyprus issue harms the interests of the Turkish-Cypriot community, adding that “they should have the right to protect themselves. And that embodies political equality and the protection of political equality, meaning, of course, that there will be an effective mechanism for resolving disputes.”

Asked to comment on the concerns on the domestic front in relation to the Cyprus issue, President Anastasiades said that “I share the concerns voiced around Turkey’s declared and gradually implemented intentions. This does in fact concern me and it is natural for me to take into account what is being said, no matter how many say it.

But let’s make something clear. It is one thing to know or to seek ways to deal with the intentions and policies Turkey wants to follow, and it’s a different thing to suggest that chapters be accepted without prior negotiations which, based on the parameters of the Secretary General, were interrelated in the negotiation process and cannot be negotiated separately, and for some parties to call on me to accept, without negotiations, issues that must be negotiated for the positions of the Greek-Cypriot side as well.”

Commenting on a journalist’s remark that, given all the developments, this may not have been the right time to hold the informal five-party meeting, the President said that “the informal meeting was scheduled after three and so many years of attempts to resume dialogue not at our responsibility but at Turkey’s, which, pre-empting either Brexit or the elections, under many pretexts, decided at some point that the Secretary-General must make a new effort in order to find common ground.

Therefore, I do not consider the time chosen to be appropriate or inappropriate. It was decided after consultations, after negotiations, after the failure of so many efforts to which our side – and I want to make that clear – was always positive. Those who reacted were Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot side.”

In addition, referring to the four-party Ministerial Meeting between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the United Arab Emirates held in Cyprus, the President of the Republic said “This is why we say that Cyprus is a factor of stability, peace and has developed in recent years – and it is now obvious to everyone, hence the reactions of Turkey – close friendly relations with all neighboring countries and beyond, but also with the countries of the Arabian Gulf.

We are trying in every way to consolidate the sense of security that must prevail not only in the Eastern Mediterranean, but in the Mediterranean in general. We are trying to contribute to peace, we are not excluding anyone, we are trying to send a message to Turkey that it can participate as long as it respects international law and, therefore, this is a continuation of a policy that seeks peace, stability in the region and beyond.” /ibna