President Christofias Makes Appeal for National Unity
Nicosia, Apr 2 - The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias appealed for national unity, yesterday, in statements to the press after the memorial service at St John’s Cathedral in Nicosia, on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the EOKA struggle of 1955 -1959.
President Christofias said that Cypriots must draw lessons from the EOKA uprising and from its outcome that led to an amputated independence and noted that “it is our duty, united, to focus our efforts in liberating the occupied part of our homeland in order to vindicate the heroes of all the liberating struggles of the Cypriot people.”
Replying to press questions, and invited to comment on the statement by the European Commissioner Oli Rehn regarding the solution of the Cyprus problem, President Christofias stressed, “the solution of the Cyprus problem is also our priority. Is there any reasonable man who would not struggle for the solution of the Cyprus issue here and now? They have Turkified our country, this process is getting worse and we have to reverse it, put an end to it through a respectable solution of the Cyprus problem, based on principles.”
The President of the Republic further said that he is saddened and upset by the fact that the Greek Cypriots are being criticized for positions that relate to the Turkish Cypriot side during the talks. “Sincerely, I regret this. I stress once again that it is our duty, if possible, to solve the Cyprus problem here and now through a solution based on principles, through the unity of our people and through a common struggle on the basis of the UN resolutions and the values and principles of the European Union.”
Responding to a remark that he himself has asked the political parties for their positions on the issue of Limnitis, President Christofias said that he will discuss the issue with the political parties and not in public. It is a difficult issue he added and decisions must be taken collectively.
Replying to a question regarding the intention of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Talat to meet with the UN Secretary General on April 3rd in Paris, President Christofias said that Mr. Talat informed him of his intention and as a result the meeting that was scheduled for today between Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat was cancelled.