Government Spokesman: Aim of Direct Talks an Honest Compromise
Nicosia, Aug 2 - Cyprus President Demetris Christofias enters direct negotiations scheduled to commence September 3, with good will and readiness to work hard and with an aim to achieve an honest and reasonable compromise on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou has stated.
The Cypriot official was addressing the funeral ceremony of Christophorou Savva Yiatrou, who was missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and whose remains were recently found in a mass grave in the Turkish-occupied areas and identified via DNA.
The Government Spokesman stressed that a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem should safeguard the rights and best interests of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
“The achievement of a Cyprus solution that will end Turkish occupation and reunite Cyprus is a debt inherited to us by the struggles and sacrifices of our heroes,” Mr. Stefanou noted. Thirty-four years after Turkey’s invasion in Cyprus, the problem remains unsolved because of Ankara’s refusal to cooperate with the aim to achieve a solution serving the best interests of all Cypriots, he added.
“We are currently living a period of renewed hope and optimism regarding a solution,” Mr. Stefanou said and pointed out that the agreement to begin direct negotiations was reached as a result of the clarification of the solution basis, achieved during the meetings between Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.
Before a decision was taken, the two leaders took into consideration the progress achieved by the technical committees and working groups comprising Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriot experts.
“Our positions are just and logical driven by the philosophy of reunification and are based on the UN Resolutions, International and European law and the agreed basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation,” the Government Spokesman stressed.
Furthermore, he said that: “we aim to a single state, with a single sovereignty, identity and international personality. We aim to a state which will provide for political equality of both communities according to UN resolutions, and that will restore and safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the whole people.”
Mr. Stefanou expressed hope that during the direct talks, the Turkish Cypriot community would demonstrate equally good will and that Turkey would also show willingness to cooperate in the effort to reach a viable and workable settlement. “Thus, the road to a solution will open,” he concluded.