The wish that the new round of negotiations will bring us to a point where we can say that there are such convergences which lead toward the solution of the Cyprus problem, was expressed, today, by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
In his remarks to reporters upon his return to the Presidential Palace from the site of the talks on the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades said: “I want to welcome the resumption of the dialogue, during which there was a fruitful exchange of views. We have agreed on the next four meetings between the leaders, whereas the process of meetings between the interlocutors begins as of tomorrow.
I wish that this new round of negotiations will bring us to a point where we can say that there are such convergences which lead toward the solution of the Cyprus problem. Convergences that must be in line with the European acquis, the principles and values of the EU, international law, and that will of course establish a functional state that will not ignore the concerns of anyone”.
Asked whether the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus will have any different role in this process, the President of the Republic responded “no, not any different role unless the two sides want it; in other words to address specific questions, so that they can have examples, views, etc, as it was done until now with the advisors of the Secretary General’s Special Advisor”.
Asked whether the issue of natural gas was raised today, President Anastasiades replied negatively, adding that “neither such a matter was discussed nor would it naturally be possible for me to accept to negotiate the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus. What we have repeatedly said, and which I simply mention because you ask about it, is that the natural wealth belongs to the people of Cyprus”.
In response to a question whether there was any discussion about the issue of a new Conference for Cyprus in Geneva, President Anastasiades said “yes; in the sense that there will be progress to such a degree on the issues that are pending, which will allow us to be led to it. We, ourselves, are not against the Conference about the guarantees, the presence of occupation forces, etc, as long as it is not subject to preconditions as set by Turkey, but as a result of the free dialogue between the two leaders”.
Asked if the process will be moving along on the basis of an informal timetable, the President of the Republic said that “neither informal nor formal. It depends on the will, the actual will, to achieve a solution and the positions that the two sides will submit in these four meetings or the next meetings. Consequently, there is no specific timetable or a specific role, an upgraded role of the United Nations”./IBNA