President Anastasiades: I remain committed to a solution that is consistent with the principles of International Law

President Anastasiades: I remain committed to a solution that is consistent with the principles of International Law

In a written statement, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, on the 36th anniversary of the illegal and internationally condemned proclaimation of the pseudo-state, notes that he remains committed to a solution that is in line with the principles of International Law, United Nations Security Council Resolution, the Summits, the European Acquis and the principles on which the European Union is based.

The entire statement of Nicos Anastasiades:

It is now 36 years since the illegal and internationally condemned proclamation of the pseudo-state.

This illegal act prompted immediate reaction from the international community, which by UN Security Council Resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984) condemned Turkey’s unilateral action as legally invalid and called for its immediate withdrawal.

This year’s anniversary is accompanied by a surge in Turkish provocation in all areas, as Turkey prepares for a new illegal drilling off the coast of Karpas as we prepare for the forthcoming meeting with the UN Secretary-General, with the opening of the enclosed area announced.

Our country is not alone in this endeavor. Our position in the European Union is an important asset that we take advantage of on a daily basis, not only to strengthen our state entity, but also to respond to the Turkish provocations.

It is obvious that Turkey is trying to create new fait accompli to force us to make concessions that will prejudice the results of the negotiations.

I want to send the message that whatever the Turkish intentions are, nothing will stop my determination and my political will to be absolutely positive and creative at the 25 November meeting in Berlin, with the aim of adopting the terms of reference, as was the joint understanding reached at the meeting reached with my Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on 9 August 2019.

In order to achieve the expected results, the other side also needs to respond, with the same goodwill and positive spirit and without requiring pre-decisions on issues that will form part of the negotiation.

I remain committed to a solution that is in line with the principles of international law, the United Nations Security Council resolutions, the Summits, the European Acquis and the principles on which the European Union is founded.

Only a solution that serves the legitimate interests of all Cypriots and overthrows the fait accompli created by the invasion can be operational and sustainable.

With the positions we have adopted over the years, we have demonstrated that we respect the concerns of the Turkish Cypriot community and are ready to do everything possible to overcome the disagreements we have. However, I would like to make it very clear that we could not accept any breach of the principles that would lead to a non-functional and therefore unsustainable solution./ibna