New failure in Cyprus peace talks would change the basis of the dialogue, President tells CNA

Failure in a new round of negotiations to solve the Cyprus issue would change completely the basis of the dialogue, not because the Greek Cypriot side would wish that to happen, but because parties involved in Cyprus or interested parties might possibly have other things on their mind, President Nicos Anastasiades has said.

This, he pointed out in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, would be the worst case scenario.

Asked if he believes things have changed since July 2017, when the latest UN-led attempt ended inconclusively, to enable the resumption of a new round of talks, he replied: “Judging by statements made by Turkish officials or by the informal meeting I had with the Turkish Cypriot leader on April 16, I would not say that we have seen the anticipated progress which would encourage the UN Secretary General to undertake a new initiative or to convene a new conference on Cyprus.”

On his forthcoming meetings in New York, he said he will reiterate in the strongest possible way his determination to engage in a dialogue, stressing at the same time the important role the Security Council should play not only in a new conference on Cyprus and the implementation of an agreement but also in issues that relate to the presence of the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

During the interview, President Anastasiades underlined the significance of the inter-governmental agreement between Cyprus and Egypt, due to be signed tomorrow in Nicosia, on the subsea pipe to transport natural gas, not only for the Republic of Cyprus but also for Eastern Mediterranean.

He also referred to the benefits Cyprus yields from tripartite cooperation agreements it has signed with neighbouring countries, adding that these consolidate the excellent bilateral ties. Furthermore, he talked about new cooperation accords involving four nations.

Note to editors: The President’s statements were made during the interview he gave to CNA, which will be filed later today in three chapters (Cyprus problem, EU and External relations and energy matters).

source: CNA