My offer, my intention and my decision is to participate in the dialogue for the Cyprus problem at any given moment, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, reiterated today.
In his remarks to reporters and invited to comment on information published in the Turkish Cypriot press with regard to a trilateral meeting among the President, the UN Secretary-General and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community in New York, President Anastasiades said that “my presence in New York has nothing to do with any proceeding about the Cyprus problem. During my stay I do not exclude the possibility of a meeting with the UN Secretary-General to take place. As the President of the State, I will be at the UN Headquarters; there are some pending issues or rather problems, it is natural to ask to brief the Secretary-General, provided of course that his own schedule allows it as well. On the other hand, these things about a possible trilateral meeting are groundless and so far at least nobody has thought to propose such a thing.”
Replying to a question, the President said that “I don’t think there has not been, at least for a period of time, a daily appeal, which I repeat today as well, but also the determination and eagerness to be present for the immediate resumption of the dialogue.”
He added that the rhetoric and pretexts must be abandoned and for us to focus instead, in a positive way, on how a solution for bi-zonal bi-communal federation with political equality can provide for a functional, modern state.
He also pointed out that neither the policy of the President of the Republic or the political forces change through simply an unfortunate regulation adopted by the House of Representatives; and reminded of the National Council unanimous decision which noted that we are not toiling either for enosis (union of Cyprus with Greece) or of course for partition (of Cyprus), and which decision reiterated the persistence on the unanimous resolutions of the General Assembly, the decisions of the Security Council, as well as the unanimous decisions of the (Cyprus) National Council, which provide for a solution based on a bi-zonal bi-communal federation with political equality.
The President wondered “if a regulation for a reference of a few minutes can be considered as a change of policy, then what would one say about the celebrations (in the occupied areas) of 20 July, 14 August when the invasion (of Cyprus by Turkey) took place and imposed by force of arms the division of the state, and the occupation of part of our homeland; and also about the 15th of November when, in essence, the secession (of the occupied area) and the effort to create another state are celebrated in a festive way.”
He also wondered “who are those who truly seek the solution (of the Cyprus problem)? Those who participate in the dialogue and submit constructive proposals, or those who promise that they will demonstrate their intentions in a tangible way at an international, multilateral conference, but instead set prerequisites in order to continue the conference on Cyprus? Such prerequisites include the four freedoms (for the citizens of Turkey) or the effective participation (of Turkish Cypriots in the governance of the state).”
Replying to an observation by a journalist that despite the fact that he, the President, has submitted a proposal in relation to the methodology, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus seems to be submitting proposals, the President Anastasiades said that “I have asked for the specific methodology because I believe that if there is sincerity it can produce results as long as we remain focused on the agenda, as it is being set up. And with the methodology that I propose, if there is good will there can be results. I do not think that it is particularly through initiatives by third parties that we can achieve progress.
Let me make something clear and I convey this as a message: I hope that nobody will even think to propose to us a matter of arbitration.”/IBNA