Nicosia.- (CNA) — Cyprus President Demetris Christofias stressed Friday that the Cyprus problem could be solved soon if Turkey shifts from non-realistic positions.
Speaking to a gathering to denounce the July 15 1974 military coup against the first President of the Republic, Archbishop Makarios, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece, which paved the way for the Turkish invasion five days later and the subsequent occupation of 37 percent of the Republic’s territory, Christofias reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side remains ready for an ”honourable compromise” on the Cyprus problem, adding however that the contribution of the Turkish side is necessary.
”Despite the difficulties we face in the talks with the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, we are not disappointed and we continue to work with the same sincerity and insistence. Our will for a solution is proven. We are and we remain ready for an honourable compromise,” the President stressed.
He pointed out however that a solution needs the contribution of the Turkish side. ”This means that the other side must show flexibility”, the President said, adding that the Turkish side’s positions should be within the agreed framework.
The President once more called on the UN, the EU and all the other countries aspiring to play a role in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem to turn towards Turkey.
”They should exert all their influence to Ankara so that it would contribute substantively to the talks and not to confine itself to a communicational blame game,” Christofias added, noting ”the other side’s and mainly Turkey’s desire for a solution will be manifested by the positions tabled in the talks and not by communication tricks.”
According to the President, ”Turkey should shift from non-realistic positions if we are to reach a solution as soon as possible.”
Outlining the parameters of the solution, Christofias said that this should be based ”on a single state with one and indivisible sovereignty, one nationality and one international personality as well as political equality as defined in the relevant UN resolutions,” adding that the solution should safeguard the human rights and the basic freedoms of all Cypriots.
”I would like to underline that I will continue to work consistently based on the principles for a solution to the Cyprus problem. I will continue to work hard, putting above all the interest of Cyprus and of our people so that we could hand over to the following generations a reunited country for Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike,” he concluded.
President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said that the United Nations should call for an international conference on the Cyprus issue to discuss the international aspect of the problem, only when an agreement has been reached on the internal aspects.
Participants to such a meeting, he added, should be the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the guarantor powers of the Republic of Cyprus (Greece, Turkey and the UK), the Republic of Cyprus and the island’s two communities.
The President was addressing a gathering Thursday at the Presidential Palace to denounce the July 15, 1974, military coup against the first President of the Republic, Archbishop Makarios, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece, and the coup that followed five days later by the Turkish invasion, that resulted in the illegal occupation of 37 percent of the Republic’s territory and its de facto division.
In his speech, President Christofias clarified that the international conference should address the international aspect of the Cyprus issue which includes the issues of guarantees, security, the presence of foreign troops as well as the presence of illegal settlers in the northern Turkish occupied areas of the island.
The President called for unity on the domestic front, underlining the importance of unity for ending the illegal Turkish occupation of Cyprus.
“We can only put a halt to Turkey’s designs and to the occupation if we are united”, he stressed.
Moreover, he announced that he would soon convene a meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President regarding the handling of the Cyprus issue, which comprises parliamentary parties.
Present at the event were state officials, representatives of political parties and organisations and ordinary people.
The event began with a documentary about the 1974 coup and the Turkish invasion, amid calls from the crowd such as “All together to end the occupation”, “Cyprus belongs to its people” and “Cyprus, united, federal”.