Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that a one-sided solution in Cyprus, favouring one or the other community, will not constitute a viable choice, underlining that a solution of the Cyprus problem “with absolute respect for all that will be agreed upon, will constitute a framework within which we will create ideal conditions for growth and prosperity.”
In a televised message to the people of Cyprus on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Cyprus, Anastasiades noted that both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will benefit from a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem at this juncture, adding that “today we have before us an open new window of opportunity, which revives our hope for a final settlement.”
“A hope that is founded on my conviction that with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, we share the same determination and courage in order to implement the common vision of our people for peace and progress through dialogue, mutual respect and sincerity,” he noted.
Referring to the ongoing UN-led negotiations between the two communities, Anastasiades said that “so far we have achieved to bridge differences, but of course I don’t obscure the fact that we have also ascertained a gap in some aspects of the Cyprus problem.”
At the same time he assured that “my very top priority is the reunification of our state, taking into consideration the sensitivities and the historical concerns of the two communities.”
“We want a solution through an honorable negotiation, with a view to achieve one state with a federal structure, bicommunal and bizonal character, with political equality, a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality. One state, an evolution of the Republic of Cyprus in which the safeguarding of the bizonal character will not take away from anyone, whether he is Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot, any human right,” he stressed.
“A state which is and will continue to be a member of the United Nations, the European Union and many other international organizations and whose sovereignty, territorial integrity and constitutional order will not be limited by anachronistic systems of guarantees and the presence of foreign troops,” he added.
I want to believe, he noted, “that our vision for a European state that would reunite the people, the institutions and the economy, will prevail over any expediency, and that in addition of the oral, we will have the actual support of Turkey as well, but also of the international community and all other forces that can exercise their influence toward this direction.”
“Addressing both my Greek Cypriot and my Turkish Cypriot compatriots, I want to repeat what I proclaimed from the floor of the United Nations General Assembly, as pillars of a lasting, viable and functional solution that will not allow for winners and losers, will take into consideration the sensitivities and concerns of both communities, will respect the fundamental freedoms and the human rights of all Cypriots, whether Greeks or Turks and will reunite our homeland, its people, its economy and the institutions,” he added.
He furthermore noted that this settlement “will create a homeland of peaceful coexistence and prosperous cooperation among all its citizens, for the benefit of the new generation, will let Cyprus to fully develop its full potential by removing all the political obstacles that prevent the exploitation of our unique geographical location, will establish Cyprus as a shining example of ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic cooperation between Christian and Muslim communities and will transform Cyprus into a model country of trustworthiness, stability and security, in a very turbulent and unstable area.”
Moreover he said that “the time has come to make use of our accession to the European Union in order to achieve a solution that will establish our country and its citizens truly equal with the other European citizens.”
“We have a duty to honour through peace all those who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom. We have the duty to pass on to the younger generations a state that will provide for coexistence, joint creation and progress,” Anastasiades concluded.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led talks between Anastasiades and Akinci began in May this year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY