Nicosia.- Τhe National Council, the top advisory body to the President comprising all six parliamentary parties and former Cyprus Presidents, concluded its day-long meeting on Friday evening and is due to meet again in February.
In a short statement after the meeting, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said that the meeting took place in “a mild climate” and that the discussion and exchange of views was constructive.
The discussion will continue in February so that decisions on the issue can be finalized, he added.
On his part, in statements he made after the meeting Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides said that President Anastasiades briefed the Council on all recent developments as regards the efforts to reach an agreement on a joint declaration to facilitate the resumption of peace talks and all the contacts he has had pertaining to the Cyprus problem, as well as on his recent visit to Britain and the agreement signed on the development of territory in the British Bases on the island.
Stylianides noted that during the meeting a document which has to do with the so-called immovable property commission in the island’s northern Turkish occupied areas was submitted to the National Council, adding that the matter will be discussed further by either the party leaders’ council or a inter-party committee formed in 2013 to deal with the matter.
He further said that a great deal of time was also devoted to the parties expressing their views on the joint declaration efforts and the Cyprus problem in general. Replying to a question on the matter, he said that some views were unanimous, acknowledging however that in certain matters there are different approaches particularly as regards the strategy followed.
Asked whether the government agrees with the view that it is necessary to change the current strategy with regard to the Cyprus issue, Stylianides noted that such a discussion should be based on three axes; namely on how realistic such a shift of policy would be, a change should be based on a correct assessment of events and on the role of the international community and whether such a change would be feasible and not merely desirable.
“We must talk in pragmatic terms,” he noted, warning that otherwise there is a possibility that things may take a turn for the worse.
Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides has called on Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to show good will for substantial talks to begin to solve the Cyprus problem.
In statements on Thursday, Stylianides called on Eroglu to realize that what is urgent is not declaring deadlines but as the political leader of the Turkish Cypriot community to show good will for substantial talks to begin for a solution to the Cyprus issue.
Invited to comment on a letter which Eroglu has sent to the UN Secretary General, Stylianides said that Eroglu must realize that deadlines only destroy any effort underway by the international community which is promoting a solution for specific reasons.
“He must realize that his “Denktash” ideals are not an excuse, he must get rid of them and understand that time is against Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and against Cyprus as a whole”, Stylianides added.
Efforts are currently underway with a view to achieve an agreement between the two communities on a joint communiqué that will pave the way for the resumption of UN-led negotiations on the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.