Turkey’s decisions definetly not confidence-building measures, says Government Spokesman

Turkey’s decisions definetly not confidence-building measures, says Government Spokesman

The Government approves of all matters with due seriousness, the Government Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides said today.

In statements to reporters at the Presidential Palace, to the question whether the letters to the Presidents of European Institutions had been sent, and the minutes of the July 6th dinner in Crans-Montana, to the Security Council, the Spokesperson said that “what the President of the Republic mentions in his statement on this issue has been implemented”.

Invited to comment on reports on UNFICYP renewal for four months, the Government Spokesperson said that “it is unfortunate to make such announcements without the necessary study and what’s more before the decision is taken by the UN Security Council”.

On the Security Council resolution, he noted that “in previous cases, the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate was a subject that would have been a simple reference.

In the present circumstances, however, we consider it important that, beyond the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate, the reference to Resolution 1251 which describes the form of the solution is very important, as well as the fact that the renewal of the peacekeeping force is for six months, especially considering the attempt on the Turkish side to renew for three months. The resolution reinforces refences on the need for continued negotiations in the context of United Nations resolutions.

The reference on the need to restore the status quo in Strovilia is important, as is the urge to avoid acts that violate the status quo, taking into account the information we have seen in the Turkish Cypriot press.

Beyond that, there is the reference on the technical assessment. First of all, it is not the first such assessment to be made. Of course, there is also a new approach by the US Government in relation to peacekeeping missions, but that is not the first time that this will happen. Assessments will be made on all peacekeeping missions, and some of them will be made sooner, sooner than for UNFICYP”.

The spokesman added that “some countries, indeed a large country”, have expressed interest “if there is a need to strengthen the Cyprus peacekeeping force with personnel”.

Invited to comment on the position of a UN spokesperson on the issue of constructive measures concerning Turkish movements, and asked whether the United Nations is keeping distances from unilateral actions, Christodoulides said that “if your observation was correct, then there would be no relevant reference in the Security Council resolution on the need to restore the status quo to Strovilia, which I mentioned earlier”.

He added that these are Turkey’s decisions, pointing out that “they are not, in any case, confidence-building measures”.

The Representative also underlined that “for the enclosed city of Varosha, I refer you to the relevant paragraph of the 1979 High Level Agreement, Resolution 550 of 1984 and to Resolution 789 of 1992, which specifically mentions the need to return the enclosed city to the United States Nations.

Therefore, the information in the Turkish Cypriot press is not intended to function as unilateral confidence-building measures.

From our side we carefully monitor and evaluate every day any information. It is within our framework to do this and to approach all the issues with the necessary gravity”.

He added that “specific actions are being considered by the Republic of Cyprus” and noted that “because of the seriousness with which we approach each issue, our decisions will be announced after they will have been implemented”.

Asked if the government would take a stand against the refugees in the enclosed city if Turkey opened the city under Turkish occupation, the spokesman said that “as you saw in the issue of the invitation of the occupying army to return to the Maronite villages, we have made our position known clearly from day one, while yesterday there were statements made by Mr Kasoulides.

If this occurs in relation to the enclosed city, of course we will be placed. We are a responsible Government and, of course, we should be placed in order for the Cypriot people to know”.

Asked whether Greek Cypriots should change mindset, as the Turkish Cypriot leader says, Christodoulides replied that “we do not feel the need to make such personal attacks because we and Greece were the only ones to make very specific proposals in Crans-Montana”.

He added that the Turkish Cypriot side is in a difficult position, and this is also the result of the statements made by the Turkish Cypriot leadership themselves.

The Government Spokesman continued saying that “there is an attempt on the part of Mr Akinci, invoking the AKEL Secretary General, with the obvious objective of creating a confrontation within the Greek Cypriot community. We will not respond to Mr Akinci’s challenge. We believe that, especially in the Cyprus problem, despite the fact that some different approaches are fully respected and legitimate, it would never be right to give the impression that there is a breach on the Greek Cypriot side in relation to the Cyprus problem.

At the same time, we should all be careful with our public positions because, unfortunately, some people are waiting to invoke these references. But, I repeat, we will not respond in any way to the challenge”.

In a journalist’s observation that Mr Akinci has personalized all his criticisms to President Anastasiades himself, the Spokesman replied “this is precisely because of Mr Akinci’s inability to refer to very specific facts regarding the placements made in Crans-Montana, for example to the Security and Warranties chapter and to the Territorial one.

In the context of the debate that took place, for example on the Territorial chapter, it was clear that part of Morphou would be returned, while for the Maronite villages the position of the Turkish side was against the will and the real desire of the inhabitants of these villages”./IBNA

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