Cyprus: Anastasiades welcomes Guterres’ commitment to resume efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue

Cyprus: Anastasiades welcomes Guterres’ commitment to resume efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades welcomes the fact that the Secretary General of the United Nations reiterates his commitment and determination to resume efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue, Deputy Government Spokesman Panagiotis Sentonas said today.

Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, Panagiotis Sentonas said that “the President of the Republic wishes to welcome the fact that the Secretary-General of the United Nations reiterates his commitment, but also his determination, after the election process to elect a new Turkish Cypriot leader, to resume efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, as he stressed, based on what was agreed at the meeting in Berlin.

He also welcomes the fact that the Secretary-General is calling for unilateral action that could undermine the future success of the negotiations to be avoided. Such actions are the illegal actions of Turkey in the Cypriot EEZ, but also the threats of Turkey for the opening of Varosha.

Regarding the Secretary General’s call for the development of confidence-building measures, we remind that the President of the Republic, in his last letter to the UN Secretary General and during his last telephone conversation, reiterated his proposal for the establishment of a Technical Committee by Cypriots and international experts for the reconstruction of the Varosia region. At the same time, we remind you that during his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader in February 2019, he submitted a proposal with 21 confidence-building measures.

Therefore, he remains ready to work in this direction, towards the development and adoption of such confidence-building measures”.

Asked about the climate in which an initiative can be developed in the light of Turkish provocations, Panagiotis Sentonas said that “any dialogue should be conducted in the appropriate context. And in order to form this framework, it is necessary to put an end to the threats against the Republic of Cyprus, that is, the illegal actions of Turkey both in the EEZ and with what it mentions from time to time on the issue of Varosha. So, yes, we need to cultivate the appropriate climate, because we can not negotiate under threats.

The Cyprus issue was discussed by the President of the Republic in the previous period in a series of contacts. Yesterday, with the President of the European Council, at the MED7 Summit, with the American Secretary of State, with the Russian Foreign Minister; so in all these cases he had declared his readiness to resume the dialogue from where it was interrupted in Crans Montana”.

Asked if Nicosia’s position remains in favour of a pentamer meeting, despite the provocations, but negative for a meaningful dialogue without ending the provocations first, Panagiotis Sentonas said that “what had been agreed was the convening of an informal pentamer meeting that would pave the way for the resumption of the dialogue”./ibna