President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday that the levy slapped on food aid from the government to enclaved Greek Cypriots in the north only contributed to deepening the feelings of mistrust towards the Turkish side and were a “blatant violation of human rights”.
The measures, he said, violate the Third Vienna Agreement of 1975, whereby the Turkish side undertook to provide the enclaved population with “… every help to lead a normal life, including facilities for education.”
Anastasiades was speaking during a ceremony at the presidential palace to receive the credentials of the new ambassador to Austria Eva Maria Ziegler.
Other ambassadors who presented their credentials on Tuesday included Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Albania, the Slovak Republic and Thailand, all of whom were briefed by Anastasiades on the current status of the Cyprus issue and related topics.
“We look to the international community and the government of Austria to unequivocally reject any actions by Turkey that aim at diverting attention and distancing us from the ultimate goal of a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem and reunifying Cyprus and its people, and of any actions that aim to implement Turkey’s rhetoric of a ‘Plan B’ for the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, which is EU territory,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it appears that Turkey’s actions and stance have deeply infiltrated the Turkish Cypriot leadership which is adopting a policy, even on humanitarian issues, which further alienates the two communities.”
He also pledged that the Greek Cypriot side was strongly committed to negotiating a solution within the parameters that the Secretary-General set for a viable comprehensive settlement fully in line with European and international law that reunites the country in a truly independent and sovereign state, free of any third-country dependencies.
Presenting her credentials, the ambassador said that Austria was committed to further deepening the already strong ties between the two countries, adding that Austria was one of the first countries that participated in the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus, with a continuous presence for 45 years.
Ireland’s new Ambassador in Nicosia Deirdre Ní Fhallúin said in her address that
Cyprus and Ireland were two of the countries that would be most affected by a Brexit.
“We regret the decision of the UK to leave but look to the future with optimism for the role that the European Union will continue to play in the great global challenges of our time,” she said. “And in this we are united.”
Ní Fhallúin said the government of Ireland was committed to peace and reconciliation in Ireland and that Cyprus’ support for ongoing efforts, together with the British Government, to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the problems in Northern Ireland was deeply appreciated.
“In Ireland, our hope has always been for a durable solution to the Cyprus problem,” she added. “We share your disappointment and the disappointment of all sides that a solution was not finalised during the recent talks in Switzerland and hope that a new impetus towards a solution can be found in the month ahead.”
She also expressed support to the UN Peacekeeping Operation in Cyprus in which Ireland participates. It also supports the work of the Committee on Missing Persons.
Anastasiades expressed deep appreciation for Ireland’s strong support towards efforts to solve the Cyprus problem