Larnaca.- The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias said here tonight that the current situation prevailing in Turkey should also be taken into consideration when expectations are being created regarding a Cyprus settlement. In statements in Larnaca Airport after his arrival from Brussels where he participated in the meeting of the European Council, President Christofias said that part of the solution base has already been formed and added that it should not be prepossessed Turkish Cypriot leaderʼs Mehmet Ali Talat opposition to the solution basis.
Referring to Confidence Building Measures between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, President Christofias said that there is no commitment to announce more confidence-building measures during the meeting he will hold on July 1, with Turkish Cypriot leader.
Furthermore, he referred to the contacts he had with EU leaders during and on the sidelines of Brussels European Council, noting that he was hearty welcomed by the leaders of the other 26 EU member states who encouraged him to proceed with the efforts aiming at a solution to the Cyprus problem.
At the same time, President Christofias noted he indicates to his interlocutors that the developing situation in Turkey is a factor that should be taken into consideration when expectations are being created.
Referring to the meeting of the European Council, President Christofias said that Cyprusʼ intervention on the issue of the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish people was based on principles and in defence of the right of people to express themselves freely and expect respect to their verdict.
ON EU SUMMIT
Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias expressed his satisfaction with the fact that EU leaders showed respect to the outcome of the referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty and noted EUʼs decision to tackle with the rising of food and oil prices.
Speaking after the Brussels European Council, which concluded its work on Friday, President Christofias said that the EU leaders debated on the Irish rejection of Lisbon Treaty.
“I am glad because the member states expressed their respect to the outcome of the referendum” in Ireland, Christofias said, and added he considers this stance as a model policy to be followed by European Union and on other occasions since he considers it to be an “expression of respect to democracy itself.”
President Christofias made a special reference to the initial assessment of the reasons that led Ireland to vote “no” to Lisbon Treaty provided by the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen.
Regarding the next steps of the European Union on the Lisbon Treaty, Christofias said that the European Council has decided to come back to this issue at its meeting of 15 October 2008 in order to consider the way forward.
In the meantime, he added, the ratification process continues in the member states that have not yet ratified the Treaty. However, he noted that there are some member-states, such as the Czech Republic, which cannot complete their ratification process until the accordance of the Lisbon Treaty with the Czech constitutional order is decided upon.
Regarding the Treaty’s ratification process in Cyprus, President Christofias informed the European Council that the debate on the Treaty is set for July 3 during a House plenary session. It is expected that the House of Representatives will approve the Treaty by majority votes. President Christofias reiterated that he pledged to honour his predecessorʼs, former Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, signature.
Speaking on the issue of rising food and oil prices and the debate of the EU leaders on the issue in the Council’s meeting, Christofias said, ”It was about time, the European Union to address problems that the citizens face and affect them directly and even sometimes on a devastating way”.
”The European Commission brought initiatives and proposed measures in order to mitigate, in the short and medium term, the problem of the rising prices”, he added.
Regarding the medium and long-term measures, Christofias referred to the sustainability of bio-fuel policies.
However, President Christofias noted that the EU did not take concrete measures to monitor speculative trade.
Nevertheless, Christofias expressed his appreciation for the measures adopted during the meeting.
“At the end of the day, if the EU wishes itʼs institutional proposals to be accepted by the people, it should go nearer to the people”.
“This is a key position that it has been adopted almost by all, the head of states and governments and the European Commission,” Christofias concluded.