Nicosia (CNA) – Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said on Saturday that the only road to a settlement of the Cyprus problem, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, is the continuation of the talks, which started last September, ”despite the difficulties faced in the negotiations.”
President Christofias after his election to the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus last February, engaged in UN-led direct talks with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. So far, 13 meetings have taken place focusing on the issue of Governance and Power-Sharing.
”The difficulties we face in the negotiations are regretful but they do not disappoint us and do not lead us to any thoughts about withdrawing from the talks,” the President said addressing a conference of the Pancyprian Federation of University Student Unions.
He stressed that ”the response to these difficulties is the continuation of hard and sincere efforts we exert for a just, viable and functional solution and the continuation of our efforts with consistency to the principles for a Cyprus settlement, determination and flexibility,” he stressed.
”There is no road to a solution other than negotiations. Stagnation and the absence of dialogue favour those seeking for division. And, we are adversaries of division,” the President underlined.
Christofias also said that a possible withdrawal from the talks would be ”destructive,” because it would give the impression that the Greek Cypriot side is not interested in a solution to the Cyprus problem as well as ”would destroy everything we achieved with our initiatives to turn the negative international climate for us.”
The Turkish side shows no will for a solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the UN resolutions, the high level agreements and the principles and values of the EU, Cypriot House President Marios Garoyian has said.
Addressing a conference of the Pancyprian Federation of University Student Unions, Garoyian said the direct negotiations, which started on September 3 between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot Mehmet Ali Talat, will show whether Turkey has the will for a solution on the basis of principles, the UN resolutions, the high level agreements and the principles and values of the EU.
”So far the Turkish side has not shown any such sign,” he said, adding that Turkey remains intransigent seeking a two-state solution and a parthenogenesis (the creation of a new state).
The Cypriot House President noted that the Greek Cypriot side, through President Christofias, has proved that it participates in the direct negotiations with a ”clear will for the finding of a functional and viable solution on the basis of principles.”
Underlying that the Greek Cypriot side made clear that it does not accept the Turkish terms for the solution of the Cyprus problem, Garoyian said that ”for us our national rights are not negotiable and the rights of our people are inalienable”.