No one has the right to play with the people’s feelings for return to their ancestral homes, says Government Spokesperson

No one has the right to play with the people’s feelings for return to their ancestral homes, says Government Spokesperson

The Government is preparing very concrete actions in relation to the issue of Famagusta and not only, said the Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who when asked to comment on information in the Turkish Cypriot press about returning the enclosed city of Famagusta to the UN, underlined that no one has the right to play with the feelings and desires of the people for return to their ancestral homes.

In his statements to journalists, on the sidelines of the national memorial of hero Stavros Stylianides, and asked to comment on information in the Turkish Cypriot press that there is the thought to give the enclosed city of Famagusta under the control of the UN and based on UN resolutions on Its lawful inhabitants, the spokesman said that “there is no such informing so far”.

He added that “we must all be very careful with the desire of the people to return to their homes. No one can use communicative games to promote some other aspirations “to the detriment of the people’s desire for return to their ancestral homes”.

“Beyond that, I hope Turkey will implement the UN resolutions. The provisions are very specific (in the resolutions), especially for the enclosed city, that it should be returned to the UN, that its legitimate inhabitants can return and, hopefully, Turkey will finally proceed to the implementation of all these UN resolutions”, the spokesman said.

He also pointed out that if Turkey proceeded with such an action to implement UN resolutions, it would be “a step in the right direction”.

Christodoulides added that “it is clear what is said in the UN resolutions and at the same time, Turkey or anyone can not play with the feelings of the people. Through such information, inevitably, expectations are created, a turmoil is created in the world and we must all be very careful. No one is entitled to play with the feelings of the people.

But if Turkey proceeds to such an action, on the basis of UN resolutions, this would be a positive development”.

Asked if any steps have been taken to ascertain the validity of the information published by the Turkish Cypriot press, the spokesman said that “the information so far is journalistic. There are at the same time statements from so-called officials of the occupied that this does not exist. It is for this reason that I have said that everyone should be very careful and should not, because some are in a difficult position, leak such information”.

The spokesman then referred to UN resolutions 550 and 789, as well as the 1979 Kyprianou-Denktaş Agreement, in which it is stated “very clearly that priority should be given to Famagusta”.

Christodoulides also said he wishes “Turkey has decided to respond, I wish it realized that its policy so far can not lead anywhere and that it should gradually move forward and respond to the relevant UN resolutions on the Cyprus problem”.

He also noted that “the Government is preparing very concrete actions in relation to the Famagusta issue but not only. Actions and decisions that will be made public after they are executed”.

Invited to comment on Turkey’s statements that it is one step ahead, the spokesman said that “in no case whatsoever is Turkey a step forward. And all these actions are an indication of the weakness and the difficult position in which it finds itself at the moment”.

Mr Ertuğruloğlu ‘s statements yesterday confirmed what the President of the Republic has been saying from the first day after Cran-Montana, that Turkey has never accepted what some people say and that is why we did not have a positive outcome in the discussions in Switzerland”.

He added however, with regard to the information about the enclosed city of Famagusta, that “what matters is what is provided in the UN resolutions and not what Turkey might be seeking, that is to serve communitarian purposes or to extend the occupation and division of Cyprus with such actions”.

“We are following developments every day and evaluating the data”, Christodoulides concluded./IBNA