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President Christofias: Eroglu’s positions for two sovereign states unacceptable
2010-04-30 13:08:34

Athens, Apr 29 – President Christofias said in a statement to the Greek national television that he has the patience and calmness to wait and see whether the UN-led negotiations aiming at reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem will resume from where they left off.

In statements regarding the course of the negotiations, on the sidelines of the 14th Round Table Discussion organized by The Economist in Athens, President Christofias said that the negotiations on the Cyprus problem have been suspended, after a period of relative progress with the former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

“Now, we are all waiting to see how the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Dervis Eroglu will behave,” he added.

President Christofias said that recent statements of Mr. Eroglu were not positive as Mr. Eroglu ''is inspired by a dichotomous philosophy'' and his ''positions are that of two sovereign states, something which is in stark contrast with the United Nations resolutions and the agreements between the two leaders from 1977 until today.”

''At the point we left the talks with Mr. Talat, we were talking about a single state, a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality,'' said President Christofias, adding that “there is a single state and that is the Republic of Cyprus.”

He added that “we defend the entity of the Republic of Cyprus and we have agreed to evolve this state to a federal one, but a solution must be reached in order this state to evolve to a federal state,” he said.

He made it clear that the positions expressed either by Mr. Eroglu or anyone else that there are two sovereign republics, and these two sovereign republics will come to an agreement among themselves are not accepted.

He stressed that “this is completely unacceptable and leads us into a deep and long regression,” reiterating that he has the patience and calmness to wait for the dialogue to resume in order to be seen, as he said, “if it would resume from where we stopped, which is the position of the United Nations and the EU, or whether Eroglu would raise new demands. I sincerely hope that Turkey would give the green light to Eroglu, persuade him, not to say force him, in order to behave like the former interlocutor, with whom we also had significant different views on various aspects of the Cyprus problem, but we have achieved consensus on key issues,” he concluded.

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