Spokesman reiterates the agreed basis of the solution
Nicosia, Jul 22, (CNA) --- Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has reiterated the agreed basis of the solution of the Cyprus problem, which is the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality as defined by the UN relevant resolutions, with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and one international personality.
Called to comment on statements made by Ozdil Nami, Advisor of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Government Spokesman Stephanou said that the Cyprus federation will definitely have some special characteristics. However, it will be a federation and in order for Cyprus to become a viable and functional federal state, it needs to meet some common federal characteristics, he added.
Ozdil has said that the Turkish Cypriot side seeks for a federal state model like the one of Switzerland, and like the model of the Annan Plan, the UN proposed plan that was rejected by the majority of the Greek Cypriot community in 2004. Additionally, Nami said that the all Turkish settlers are citizens of Cyprus and that they will remain on the island and after the solution of the problem.
Our target is to give an end to the settlement, which is the result of the war, is an illegal act and it cannot be legitimated, Government Spokesman Stephanou underscored.
“The direct negotiation process and what our side pursues, have nothing to do with what Ozdil is stating”, Government Spokesman Stephanou pointed out.
Replying to a question whether the Turkish Cypriot side has toughened its stance towards the Greek Cypriot side lately, Government Spokesman Stephanou stressed that this has not been the problem. “What bother us are the public statements made by Turkish officials and by the leadership of the Turkish Cypriots, which do not leave much room for optimism”.
Finally, Government Spokesman Stephanou said that the Greek Cypriot side remains consistent with the principles of the solution. “We continue our effort to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem that will be in the best interest of Cyprus and its people”, he concluded.