President says Cyprus exists without Turkey's recognition
Nicosia, Sep 30 (CNA) -- The Republic of Cyprus will continue to exist and be recognised, even if Turkey, following its lonely path, insists on not recognising it as a state, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has said, adding that soon Ankara will realise that she must take seriously into consideration Cyprus' word as a state, which is a full EU member, for her own European orientation.
President Papadopoulos said that ''this message was given in a clear and explicit way to Turkey, during recent procedures for the beginning of Turkey's accession negotiations.''
In a declaration tonight for the 45th anniversary of Cyprus' independence, President Papadopoulos said that the issue discussed during the procedures for the beginning of Turkey's negotiations was neither the Cyprus problem nor the determination of the parametres for a right solution to the Cyprus problem.
''The issue discussed was the determination of Turkey's obligations towards the EU, for the beginning of the negotiations and their conclusion,'' he noted, adding that ''the Cyprus settlement, as we want it, was not such a condition and could not be imposed as a new condition.''
President Papadopoulos said that ''only with a functional and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem the evolvement of the current state to a bicommunal, bizonal federation is possible,'' adding that ''a functional and viable settlement was and remains our primary and main goal.''
He pointed out that ''the United Nations Organisation was and remains the right framework and the appropriate procedure to promote a right settlement of the Cyprus problem, with a more active, this time, EU participation in the negotiations,'' and expressed hope that prospects for a fresh dialogue on Cyprus will not be cancelled by the usual intransigence and negativity shown by the Turkish side.
President Papadopoulos also addressed the Turkish Cypriots and called on them to join a common effort ''for the sake of our common homeland and for constructing our common future.''
''Only in a reunited homeland, society and economy, only in a common state that will function without any deadlines and insecurities, will we be able to secure a balanced and equal progress and prosperity. Reunion means reunion of the space, the society, the economy and the institutions. Cyprus belongs to all of us, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Let us cooperate in good faith, so that a better future belongs to us as well,'' he added.
As regards the anniversary of Cyprus' independence, President Papadopoulos said that on this occasion ''we pay the rightful respect and honour to the first President of the Republic of Cyprus'' Archbishop Makarios and to all those who with their heroic struggles and sacrifices created and established the Cypriot state, a state of justice and legality, which all its citizens, Cypriot and EU citizens, have the right to be proud of.
President Papadopoulos said that the fact that Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus does not affect or decrease the prestige, the reliability or the legality of the Republic of Cyprus.
''Turkey, as the illegal invader and conqueror, has every reason not to recognise our state's existence and to purse the dissolution of the Republic of Cyprus, to accept to recognise another succeeding state regime. Fortunately, the existence and functioning of our state is not pending on the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey,'' he said.
He noted that during the deliberations on Turkey's accession negotiations, ''we achieved the support of a large number of EU member sates, in order to have conditions and preconditions (for Turkey), on which we can now build and demand effectively the fulfillment of Turkey's obligations towards the EU, towards all member states, including Cyprus, which in an explicit way and as an exception is mentioned in the negotiating framework for Turkey, not after a long time passes by, but from the beginning of Turkey's accession course.''
President Papadopoulos said that he remains optimistic for better days, ''which will surely come'' for the Cyprus people, pledging that he will continue as the legal President of the Republic of Cyprus to struggle and spare all his efforts for a better future for Cyprus and its people.