Nicosia.- (CNA) – President of the Democratic Rally (DISY) Nicos Anastasiades has stressed the sincere will and efforts of President of the Republic Demetris Christofias to solve the Cyprus problem. Anastasiades, heading a parliamentary delegation, was speaking in the framework of the 4th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, which took place in Constantinople, Turkey, on 23 and 24 October 2009.
The Cypriot parliamentary delegation comprises MPs Dina Akkelidou, Nicos Kleathnous and Giorgos Varnava.
In his remarks, Anastasiades replied to the Turkish Prime Minister’s allegations, made in the opening of the Session.
According to an official announcement, Anastasiades extensively referred to the solution efforts, rejecting Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s accusations.
He stressed that the Greek Cypriot side conceives the solution of the Cyprus problem as an immediate necessity. If the Turkish side wishes to find a solution, it should submit proposals that fall within the framework of what has been agreed between President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, he added.
Anastasiades also called on Erdogan to essentially contribute to efforts for a solution in the direct negotiation process, by influencing the Turkish Cypriot side to work for a solution of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality, a solution that will respect and safeguard the human rights of all Cypriots and that will be viable, functional and in the best interests of the people of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and the region in general.
During the Plenary Session, the situation in the Middle East, organised crime and terrorism, energy, the environment and climate changes were discussed, and resolutions were adopted.