There can be no viable Cyprus settlement with Turkish guarantees, President says

There can be no viable solution to the Cyprus problem if Turkey insists on maintaining guarantor and intervention rights, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday.

He reiterated his readiness to return to the negotiation table only if a new UN-sponsored Conference on Cyprus is well-prepared to avoid an inconclusive outcome as in Crans Montana, Switzerland last July.

Speaking on the annual commemoration ceremony for the Kikkinotrimithia Detention Camp used during the 1955-1959 anticolonial struggle against British rule, Anastasiades said the Cyprus problem remained unresolved due to Turkey’s insistence to exercise, through Cyprus policies that serve itself and not the Cypriot citizens.”

“That is why I insist and demand, something which has been accepted by the UN Secretary-General, that there can be no viable settlement if Turkey insists on maintaining its guarantor and intervention rights, that ostensibly the Republic of Cyprus’ external security necessitates the establishment of a military base or the permanent presence of Turkish troops.”

The rule of law, the principles of the UN and the values of the EU is a sine qua non for a new compromise, he added.

Anastasiades said he is ready to return to the negotiating table if a new Conference on Cyprus is well prepared so that “Turkey’s intention could be put to the test.”

“Does Turkey mean what she deceitfully implied to the UN Secretary-General during the last night of the negotiations in Crans Montana? Why should we wait for the last night to ascertain which are Turkey’s intentions?” he wondered.

Reiterating that a Cyprus settlement should respond to the Greek Cypriot sides reasonable concerns and expectations, the President noted that Turkish Cypriots also suffer “as a result of the isolation imposed to them by Turkey.”

He also reiterated that he would not submit to the people a plan he does not believe it responds to the dignity of a people called on to compromise with larger forces, a plan people called on to accept sacrifices for the sake of reunification of its country.”

In his address, Anastasiades called for unity at home with a view to achieving the mutually shared aim of a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

“What is necessary, and this is my appeal to all, is that away and beyond any considerations to realises that if we are not united we cannot achieve the desired outcome,” he concluded.

source: CNA