The Government will do everything possible to prevent any undesirable developments, said today Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios.
Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, when asked what the Government intends to do following the latest provocative and illegal action of Turkey in Famagusta, Kousios replied that “an appeal has already been submitted to the Security Council.
Permanent Representative Andreas Mavrogiannis has already contacted the president of the SC, and we are proceeding with the filing of the dispute according to article 35 of the UN Charter. At the same time, there are appearances at EU institutions, and the issue will surely be on the agenda of the upcoming European Council, where the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades will inform the Heads of State and Government regarding the developments in Famagusta.
We remain in contact through the diplomatic channel with the five Permanent Members of the SC. Yesterday morning, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, whose country currently holds the SC presidency.
There were also phone contacts between the President of the Republic and the UN Secretary General and the President of the European Council Chalres Michel, as well as the EU Presidency; Germany. Our diplomatic mission is ongoing, and we will not spare any effort and actions in order to prevent Turkey from violating the SC Resolutions No. 550 and 789.
It constitutes a serious development; in no way do we underestimate and degrade it. The change in the status quo, the violation of international law and the resolutions of the SC embody an act that aggravates the climate for the continuation of the talks, especially following the statement of the UN Secretary General that he intends take charge immediately after the completion of the procedures for the emergence of a new Turkish Cypriot leader.
This refers to a development that unfolds at a critical time, and may be linked to the processes of the emergence of the new Turkish Cypriot leader and may have been in Turkey’s attempt to support a particular candidate for the post of the Turkish Cypriot leader, but in no way ceases to constitute a very serious development that we do not accept in any way and which we condemn”.
Asked about the country’s requests from the SC, Mr. Kousios said that “we will not seek a resolution; the resolutions exist, we have repeated their confirmation, and last October there was a statement by the President of the SC after our appeal.
Our aim is to have the reaffirmation of specific resolutions and to have the confirmation of adherence to these resolutions, something that was repeated yesterday by the UN Secretary General”.
He added that what will happen will depend on the procedures and contacts of the coming days alongside the Permanent Members.
Asked why the announcement by the National Council referred only to the issue of the Varosha beach and not to the overall threats of Turkey for the settlement of Famagusta, Mr. Kousios responded “for the simple reason that there was no change of ownership and no intervention was made in properties. However, this action by Turkey entails its own degree of seriousness, which I have clarified. It is the change of the status quo and the clear violation of the resolutions of the SC. There is a clear provision in Resolution No. 789 that the city of Varosha shall fall under the administration of the UN and that it belongs to its legal inhabitants. These actions, despite Turkey’s claims to the contrary, constitute a clear violation of the provisions”.
He added that Turkey’s illegal action “does not in any way help cultivate a climate for creative, productive dialogue to take place, in order to resolve the Cyprus issue. We had Yavuz’s departure from our EEZ and we addressed that issue with all reservations, because we were pointing to the presence of Barbaros operating in our EEZ, and we also highlighted the ongoing threats to the besieged city of Varosha. Unfortunately, Turkey proceeded with this action”.
Asked if the Government was prepared to face the Turkish provocations in view of the continuation of talks on the Cyprus issue, Mr. Kousios said that “the answer was delivered yesterday by the National Council via its unanimous decision to enter into talks for a solution to the Cyprus issue. The decision of the National Council that we can not enter talks under threat and faits accomplis was also unanimous”.
He also pointed out that everything would be evaluated by the National Council and the President of the Republic. “There is”, he added, “commitment to the settlement process but not under threats and faits accomplis. We must look at the developments, they have to be evaluated by the President and the National Council, and relevant decisions will be adopted”.
In another question, he stressed that “we will sit at the discussion table; we want to engage in talks, we want a solution to the Cyprus issue, and this is the first fact. The second fact is that we can not sit at the table under threats and faits accomplis”.
Called to convey a message to the people of Famagusta, the Representative said that he, as a Famagusta native, was saddened “especially by this fact, as every Varoshan and every Cypriot is saddened; even Turkish Cypriots have expressed their dissatisfaction with this action. We need solidarity, planning, specific directions to prevent these undesirable developments, and we will do everything possible to justify our people”.
Asked what the President of the Republic would be saying to the European partners at the forthcoming European Council, given that the EU has given Turkey until next December to de-escalate tensions, the Spokesman replied that “we will tell them how to achieve a better climate and how to provide an opportunity for dialogue” with these actions by Turkey.
Finally, when asked if the President would be sending letters on the issue of Famagusta, Kyriakos Kousios said that “the issues will be raised in writing both to the UN Secretary General and to the institutions and the Permanent Members of the SC” ./ibna