President: Turkey should abandon blame games
President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has stressed that it is high time that Turkey abandons its communication tricks, blame games and threats and cooperates in a creative manner for a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem.
Addressing an event at the Presidential Palace organized on the occasion of the tragic anniversaries of the coup and the Turkish invasion, on 15 and 20 of July 1974, respectively, President Christofias referred to the illegal visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus saying that “the visit is not just illegal, it constitutes a provocation for the people of Cyprus, especially during this period”.
The President stressed that the government wants to“ send a clear message to Prime Minister Erdogan" underlining that Turkey which allegedly wants a solution in Cyprus is pursuing time frames for a solution to blackmail and to upgrade the so called state in the Turkish occupied areas.
President Christofias moreoever denounced Turkey’s policy of illegally bringing Turkish settlers to the island,“ignoring the strong objections of the Turkish Cypriots who feel that as a community they are under extinction”.
Furthermore, he condemned Turkey’s policy to question the basis of the Cyprus negotiations, seeking to impose on the island a solution based “on a confederation or even worse."
Turkey’s stance, according to the President, not only does not help efforts to reach a solution but creates serious problems for its EU accession course.
The President continued by saying that “the dilemma now is not federation or any other ideal but unreachable solution. The real question is federation or division and because division is a disaster for our country, federation constitutes the only real way out."
He went on to say that “we make efforts to achieve a just, viable and functional solution that will end the Turkish occupation and Ankara’s policy of illegally bringing to the island Turkish settlers”.
The solution, he noted, must reunite the country and its people on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation as outlined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, provide for a state with one and single sovereignty, international personality and citizenship. The solution must also safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots, he stressed.
In his speech, President Christofias also referred to the tragic events that took place at Naval Base Evaggelos Florakis, near Limassol, on July 11th, which led to the death of 13 people and knocked down the island’s main power plant.
“We are all devastated by the loss of 13 people who lost their lives in time of duty” he said, adding that the apologies to the relatives of the victims are not enough to comfort their pain.
He reiterated that any responsibilities regarding the blast will be attributed at all levels.