President: Cyprus-Greece-Egypt meeting within days

President: Cyprus-Greece-Egypt meeting within days

A new meeting between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt will be held within the next few days in Cyprus, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said, noting that “we are building friendships”.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 48th Conference of Lions of Greece and Cyprus, taking place in Limassol, President Anastasiades referred to developments in the Cyprus problem since he was elected to the presidency, the appointment of a Greek Cypriot negotiator, the proposals for confidence building measures, the joint statement of 11 February 2014, the provocative actions of Turkey with the illegal NAVTEX, and the activity of Turkish vessel “Barbaros” in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone.

President Anastasiades pointed out that the Republic of Cyprus had no alternative but to postpone any participation in talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem, as a reaction to the provocations.

He noted that the Republic of Cyprus has in the meantime been enhancing relations with countries such as the United States, Israel, Arab states, and the EU, and stressing that it would not abandon traditional friends, such as Russia.

The President referred to the occasions when efforts to reach a settlement had met with Turkish intransigence, and also pointed out that for the first time the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation failed to pass a resolution in favour of the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, while embassies have been opened in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia for the first time.

He also said that, in the light of the fact that the Turkish illegal NAVTEX had not been renewed and “Barbaros” had left Cyprus` exclusive economic zone, as well as the assurances from Turkey through the UN, he did not see any reason why the talks should not be resumed.

The aim, he said, was to build a viable and functional state, within the EU, noting that the deadlock was dangerous, without this meaning that the Greek Cypriot side would accept any solution for the sake of a solution.

On his trip to Greece, which begins on Friday, President Anastasiades said he would be discussing developments with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, adding that this cooperation was imperative.

President Anastasiades reaffirmed the will for a just settlement and pointed out that it was necessary for the Turkish side to show good will.

During the opening ceremony, the President was honored for his contribution to the country and expressed appreciation for the social work the Lions clubs offer in Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.