Nicosia.- By George Psyllides and Jean Christou
AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou warned on Friday that shifting from the objective of a federal solution could solidify the island’s division. In a statement that followed a two-day session of the National Council, where DIKO and other parties talked of the need for a “strategic change”, Kyprianou said no substantive reunification talks had taken place in the past two years.
To make things worse, the United Nations Secretary General issued a report recently, which included a reference to Turkish Cypriot isolation, Kyprianou said.
“An while all this is happening, instead of being concerned about what must be done, we have remembered for the umpteenth time to talk in vague terms about a change in strategy,” he said.
“If we go on like this, the already dangerous situation will become worse, and at some moment there would not longer be any room for rectification.”
Kyprianou said it was surprising for some to suggest going for something better because the objective – bi-zonal, bi-communal federation — that Greek Cypriots had had not been achieved in the past 40 years.
“They must also tell us how this much better objective will be achieved,” Kyprianou said. “Logic says something like this cannot happen.”
“In politics we must not utter slogans but operate based on logic and what is achievable.”
Bi-zonal, bi-communcal federation was the compromise that the Greek Cypriot side accepted as a result of the coup to overthrow president Makarios and the Turkish invasion, he said.
“It is very important for this bitter, yet indisputable historic truth, never to escape our attention.”
On Thursday after two days of talks at the National Council, President Nicos Anastasiades was mulling the creation of a subcommittee codifying all of the views- dissenting and otherwise – of the political parties.
Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Anastasiades had listened carefully to the views and concerns of the party leaders but made it clear to them that a solution would be based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation as defined in UN resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977, the agreement of July 8, 2006, and the Joint Declaration of February 11, 2014.
“The president… out of respect for the suggestions that were submitted [by the parties] was inclined toward the creation of a subcommittee, with the participation of the parties, for the codification of the positions and the proposals that have been registered,” Christodoulides said.
Asked whether the president would take into consideration some of the positions presented to him on the handling of the Cyprus problem, the spokesman said: “This is the idea… to have a subcommittee established for the codification of the views and suggestions that were registered. Some constructive suggestions were submitted, but there were also disagreements.”
He said the palace felt obliged to “tell this to the people of Cyprus”.
“There was a discussion of the Cyprus problem, an issue that concerns all the people of Cyprus and I am of the opinion that we all have an obligation to be honest to the people of Cyprus with regard to our positions for the achievement of the objective of a solution to the Cyprus problem,” he added.
He said over the two days, the parties had the opportunity to explain their concerns and their positions with regard to the strategy and tactics on the handling of the negotiations and to find a way to “bend Turkish intransigence”.
Source: Cyprus Mail