His readiness to return to the negotiating table, so long as Turkey accepts the end of the guarantees, the termination of the intervention rights and the withdrawal of the troops expressed yesterday the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
In a brief greeting at the annual meeting of the Lemesos Reserve Officers Association, President Anastasiades said that “I share the anxieties of all, I share the disappointment of all, unfortunately, in Switzerland, we did not succeed in achieving what we were trying to do: to rid ourselves of Turkey, either with regard to guarantees or the intervention rights or the permanent military base”.
Intransigence has certainly led to a stalemate.
The effort does not end. We will continue to make, within the framework of the United Nations, every possible effort, so that at last some, who have been watching so far from a distance, become more actively involved so that they can influence the desired results.
I would not like to make a long reference to what happened. What I want to assure you is that our own position has always been that if there is to be a compromise with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots in order to live peacefully we should definitely get rid of Turkish occupation. (“Get rid”) From the guarantees, from the intervention rights, from the occupying troops, which would be renamed to supposedly “friendship force” that would protect us from abroad”.
The President of the Republic added that “under these circumstances, there can be no progress. And I have said that I am ready to return to the negotiating table, provided that the conditions we have set are met, that is to say, that Turkey accept the end of the guarantees, the end of the intervention rights, the troops to withdraw so that we can, as an independent state, live peacefully and create the prospect of a truly peaceful coexistence”.
Last but not least, President Anastasiades warmly congratulated the Cyprus Reserve Officers Association on its long-standing activity and participation in every national effort./IBNA