Eide should brief UNSC objectively, says the Government

Eide should brief UNSC objectively, says the Government

It is very important for the UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, to brief objectively the UN Security Council members on the actual reasons which do not allow the resumption of the negotiations, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has stressed.

Speaking after today’s meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Eide, Christodoulides said that Eide noted the inalienable right of Cyprus to exploit the natural resources within its Exclusive Economic Zone. Eide acknowledged and welcomed the constructive approach of President Anastasiades aimed at the UN-led resumption of the talks and the solution of the problem in general.

Eide expressed disappointment because the President’s constructive approach did not lead to the resumption of the negotiations.

Christodoulides said that President Anastasiades stressed the need for an objective briefing of the members of the Security Council by Eide on January 26th, in order to fully understand why it was not possible to resume the negotiations.

“It is clear that the ball is in the court of the Turkish side, as far as the resumption of the talks is concerned, which should lead to a political settlement,” he said.

Christodoulides announded also that the President`s visit to Moscow is scheduled for February 25th.

Turkey issued in October a Navtex for illegal seismic research in Cyprus` offshore Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). After this provocative move, President Anastasiades decided to suspend his participation in the UN-led peace talks until the Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros leaves Cyprus` EEZ.

Repeated calls for the withdrawal of Barbaros went unheeded by Ankara, which announced a new Navtex extension until April 6, 2015.

President Anastasiades issued an announcement early January stressing that he will not return to the negotiating table as long as the Turkish violation of the sovereignty of the Republic continues.

He reiterated the basic law principle that the natural wealth of the country belongs to the state and that the government has the responsibility for its management for the benefit of all legal residents of the country.

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.