President Anastasiades: “We have an excellent cooperation with the Greek Government”

President Anastasiades: “We have an excellent cooperation with the Greek Government”

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, replying to questions by reporters on today’s meeting of the National Council, said that “it was a constructive meeting in an atmosphere of common consent, because the stalemate is a common concern.

There will also be a new meeting of the National Council, so that we can consider the further moves in the meantime. We certainly do not remain idle. We mobilize and brief everybody on the exact events that led to the stalemate.

Consequently, what are needed are patience, composure and determination. We want to keep the doors open. We think that the process that is underway could –as long as what is agreed is respected- grant the expectations of both communities”.

He added: “I am expecting a call from Chancellor Angela Merkel”, noting that he had already telephone communication with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mrs Theresa May.

Asked to comment on rumors about the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the President of the Republic said “I want to make it very clear once and for all that when I speak of admirable cooperation with the Government of Greece, it is not just with the Prime Minister; it is with the Government of Greece. Consequently, some people should stop cultivating, at this critical hours, the notion that there is a possibility that there is a crisis in the relations between Cyprus and Greece.

We have an excellent cooperation with the Greek Government, with the Prime Minister, who most certainly expresses whatever policies are formulated through his governmental team, and therefore I consider unjustified, especially at this critical hour, all these speculations that are expressed by anyone”.

In response to a question about the messages he receives from his contacts and whether our positions are received with understanding, President Anastasiades said: “Absolutely, yes; because they are clearly justified and I am continuously in constant communication.

Today, I had the opportunity to speak with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Mr Lavrov; I have spoken with the British Prime Minister, I will speak with the Chancellor of Germany shortly; in the afternoon with Mrs Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

All those steps are taken, not to assign blame to anybody, but in order to state the real events and for everybody to assume their responsibilities, so that the process moves ahead for a just, viable, functional solution to the Cyprus problem”.

Asked whether a meeting has been arranged with the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Cyprus, Mr Espen Barth Eide, President Anastasiades said that “it has been arranged for Monday, at 10am.”

In response to a reporter’s comment that it is important for foreign officials to believe that Turkey is to blame for the failure of the talks, the President of the Republic said that “it is important that they understand fully our positions and how justified is the demand of the Greek Cypriots to experience the feeling of vindication. The territories that today are occupied are territories that belong to the Greek Cypriots. We certainly do not ignore the fact that 42 years have passed, but this does not change what is just.

So, what we are trying to achieve is a solution that does not ignore problems that will possibly emerge, but also, at the same time, indispensable rights that must be recognized”./IBNA