The energy program is going along as planned, President Anastasiades says

The energy program is going along as planned, President Anastasiades says

The energy program of the Republic of Cyprus is proceeding smoothly, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades said today, noting that goodwill dictates attending the dialogue on the Cyprus issue, without questioning the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus or setting preconditions. In remarks to journalists after the celebration of Saint Maronne, the President of the Republic was invited to comment on Turkish officials’ reports on a moratorium on the Republic of Cyprus’ energy program, so that the dialogue on the Cyprus issue could resume, he said that “good will dictates proceeding to dialogue without controversy or prerequisites. (That is, contestation of sovereign rights or prerequisite that ‘I am violating international law and you should in return for denounce your rights in order to talk’”.

These do not seem to show good will or faith. Of course we do not have anything official, but even if it is formally submitted, what only say one thing: What we need is good will, determination and political will, so that we can achieve the best possible solution, to best serve all those who collaborate on energy issues or for the benefits from energy”.

Asked if the energy program is progressing as planned, the President of the Republic replied “οf course yes. Otherwise it would be a surrender of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus. We cannot resign from our statehood because of Turkey’s denial of us as a state, in order to have a dialogue”.

Asked whether, in light of developments in the Cyprus issue, what we expect is the completion of the so-called elections in the occupied territories, the President said that “it is not only the completion of the process, it is also Turkey’s attitude. Consequently, what the UN Secretary-General had proposed, namely the informal five-day summit before the end of the year, was rejected by Turkey on various pretexts.

I understand that good preparation is needed on the part of the UN.

We are always ready. It is up to Turkey whether or not it will finally attend the pentamer, so that not only agreement on the terms of reference can be ascertained, but also the whole process, with no prerequisites and preconditions”./ibna