Cyprus President convinced that a Cyprus solution is possible soon

Cyprus President convinced that a Cyprus solution is possible soon

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed his strong conviction for a Cyprus solution the soonest possible.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon at an event at the EU House, in Nicosia, on the occasion of the award of the Yiannos Kranidiotis Prize, the President also referred to the new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, saying that “it seems that we share the same vision”.

This vision, he went on, is based on what has been agreed so far, for establishing a genuine federation and for creating the conditions for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will not disregard the Community acquis, European principles and human rights.

He went on by saying that the settlement, once ratified by referenda, will establish stability conditions in the region, upgrading further the role of Cyprus as an EU member sate.

Anastasiades also referred to the “positive atmosphere” at a dinner organised last Monday by the UN, attended by himself and the new Turkish Cypriot leader, saying that they had the opportunity for the first time to “talk openly and without hesitations” for crucial issues. Among others, he added, they talked about the potential contribution of the EU to the process.

He also expressed his conviction that during the next months, the prospects of a speedy solution will be created, a solution that will take into account the considerations of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and will leave no winners and losers.

I am determined to work in order to free Cyprus from the Turkish-occupation forces, to achieve the reunification of our homeland, and to establish a modern European state, the President said.

He also noted that the great success of the Cyprus` accession to the EU is that today exists the “common ground on which we hold discussions”.

There are safety clauses, both for the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots, because the European acquis does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic or communal origin, or separates the citizens according to their gender or race, President Anastasiades underlined.

He said finally that the time has come for all to realise that “there is a future if there is determination to overcome the dividing lines”.

The event was organised by the Association for Social Reform (OPEK).

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.