Nicosia.- Cypriot Minister of Defence Kyriakos Mavronicolas said that the Greek Cypriot side’s strategic aim to reach a Cyprus settlement has not changed, noting that the Greek Cypriot side is working systematically and soundlessly in order to create the preconditions that would safeguard substantive and constructive talks, leading to a negotiated solution in the EU framework.
Speaking at the funeral of Georgios Ktori, who was killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island and whose remains were identified through the DNA method, Mavronicolas said ”we proved that we are reasonable and realists and ready for a painful but dignified compromise.”
He added that ”we want and pursue a Cyprus settlement more than anyone else, the soonest possible, because we are still the victims of the continuing Turkish occupation and violation of fundamental human rights.”
”However, we are not ready to sign a settlement that would theoretically reunite our country,” he said, noting that ”we remain committed and focused on a federal solution that will reunite our homeland and will be functional and viable.”
The Minister furthermore reassured that the government would continue its efforts to determine the fate of all persons missing since the Turkish invasion and for the return of all refugees to their homes.
Referring to the solution plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Mavronicolas said it did not meet the expectations and demands of the Greek Cypriot community and this was why it was rejected in a referendum in April 2004.
He reiterated that the dismissal of the Annan plan did not mean that the Greek Cypriot community rejected a solution but the specific proposed settlement.