Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has expressed the government`s readiness to return to the negotiating table if Turkish seismic exploration vessel “Barbaros” puts an end to its illegal activities in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Turkey proves in practice that it respects the Republic of Cyprus` sovereign rights.
In statements to CNA Christodoulides also said that the aim is to hold Cyprus talks without the existence of threats, blackmail or violations which will have the prospect of a positive outcome.
He also revealed that a meeting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the leaders of parliamentary parties scheduled for Friday morning will focus exclusively on the Cyprus issue.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.
Turkey issued on October 3 a NAVTEX and reserved a large swathe inside Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for seismic surveys from October 20 to December 30.
President Nicos Anastasiades decided in October to suspend his participation in the UN-backed negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem, after Turkish seismic exploration vessel Barbaros entered Cyprus` EEZ, a few days after the illegal maritime order was issued by Turkey.
“We are ready to return to the negotiations if “Barbaros” puts an end to its illegal activities in the Republic of Cyprus` EEZ and Turkey proves in practice that it respects the Republic of Cyprus` sovereign rights”, Christodoulides told CNA.
Replying to an additional question on the matter he said that “there will be developments soon and Turkey will be able to prove in practice that it respects the Republic of Cyprus` rights”.
In order for talks which will have the prospect of a positive outcome to resume the right environment must be created, he said.
Our aim is not to hold talks for the sake of it but rather to hold talks which can lead to a positive outcome, he pointed out, adding that “in order for them (the talks) to be able to have a positive outcome they must be held in the right environment; Without threats, blackmail or violations”.
The Government Spokesman was asked what matters will be included in the agenda of a scheduled meeting on Friday, at the Presidential residence in Troodos between President of the Republic and parliamentary parties` leaders.
The only matter which will be discussed is the Cyprus issue, he said, adding that President Anastasiades and party leaders will review and discuss the situation.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY