President Papadopoulos: initiatives underway towards a solution
Nicosia, Sep 11 – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said that initiatives towards a political settlement have already been undertaken.
He also said that the insistence of the UN Security Council to implement a UN-brokered agreement with the Turkish Cypriot community “will yield results.''
Speaking at a televised interview on Tuesday, the President called for unity, stressing that the only enemy is the Turkish occupation army.
“Unfortunately there was no positive outcome at my recent meeting with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community because the necessary political will to implement the agreement was not there. We shall not be disappointed, nor shall we relinquish our efforts irrespective of the difficulties,” he said.
The President said that he believed that the worst has been avoided when the UN-proposed Annan plan was rejected.
“We have overcome the difficulties we had to face in the period following the referendum on the Annan plan through our initiatives,” he said, adding that Turkey did not achieve its goal to have the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus recognized.
Cyprus, he went on to add in his opening remarks, has strengthened its status by joining the European Union and the forthcoming membership of the Euro zone will bring important economic and political benefits in Cyprus.
“We have managed to improve our finances, we have put our house in order, enlarge the social role of the state, strengthened social cohesion and promoted institutional changes. We are improving the quality of life for every citizen,” he said.
President Papadopoulos pointed out that not everything has been rectified nor is everything perfect but there have been many and significant steps towards progress.
“What we have achieved so far proves in practice that we can and shall achieve even more. We shall continue on our course, a sure path forward,” he said.
Concluding his opening remarks, the President called on all citizens to stay away from fanaticism that divides people.
“History teaches us that division can only bring bad things to the country and to our struggle. We have to safeguard our unity as the most valuable basis of our struggle. There are no enemies among us. The enemy is one: the Turkish occupation army. The opponents in the political arena and in elections are only political opponents with different positions and not enemies,” Mr. Papadopoulos said.