The government has made it crystal clear that the decision to suspend the participation of the Greek Cypriot side in the UN-led peace talks because of Turkey’s violation of its exclusive economic zone remains unchanged.
The government has also pointed out that the renewal of a Turkish NAVTEX, which violates international law, makes it obvious as to who is responsible for the current stagnation in the effort to find a negotiated settlement in Cyprus through dialogue.
“Today’s new violation of international law by the Turkish Government is a clear affirmation of the charges made by President Anastasiades and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus about the real intentions of Turley and the leadership of the Turkish Cypriots,” Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said in a written statement issued here today.
Despite the arduous efforts by the President and the Greek Cypriot side, the will and the demonstration of constructive spirit, the intense and continuous diplomatic activity by the Government to protect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, he points out, “the new Turkish decision to issue a Navtex complicates matters even more.”
At the same time, he notes, “makes it obvious to even the most mistrustful, who is responsible for the current stagnation, the suspension of the talks and the continuous threat for further instability in the Eastern Mediterranean region.”
Monday’s statement by the President of the Republic and the very clear position of the Greek Cypriot side, even for the self-evident matters, “demonstrated, once more, who bears the responsibility for the ongoing impasse and the non-solution of the Cyprus problem,” the Spokesman says.
Christodoulides also stresses that “the repetition, on the part of Turkey, of an extremely provocative action should give cause for concern to the international community and all those who constantly declare their interest for an exit from the current stagnation, and lead them to very specific actions towards specific directions.”
“The international community collectively, the United Nations, but also specific states that have special relations and role, ought to recognize the cause of the problem, in other words the real intentions of Ankara, and thereby ascribe responsibilities and direct their efforts where they should.”
It should be realized by everybody, Christodoulides stresses, that “the situation of ongoing threats and arrogant behavior by the occupying power deprives the Cyprus Government of whatever margin of movement and flexibility because what has priority is the protection of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus for the interest of its entire people.”
“In view of the above, it becomes obvious and crystal clear that the decision to suspend the participation of the Greek Cypriot side in the talks remains unchanged,” the Spokesman concludes in his statement.
President Anastasiades has suspended his participation in the UN-led peace talks following a NAVTEX, issued by Turkey, whose seismic vessel Barbaros violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone. Repeated calls for its withdrawal went unheeded by Ankara.
Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU, which Ankara aspires to join, to do so and normalize relations with Nicosia.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY