By George Psyllides
THE UNACCEPTABLE status quo does not serve the Greek Cypriot side, neither does the prolonged uncertainty, President Nicos Anastasiades said, as he reiterated that the basic principles of a solution to the Cyprus problem must be made clear before any dialogue could start.
In his New Year’s message delivered last night, Anastasiades assured “our Turkish Cypriot compatriots” that Greek Cypriots were not served by prolongation of the uncertainty and the unacceptable status quo.
“We do not care who will take the blame for a deadlock that will keep out country divided, “Anastasiades said. “We are interested not to have a deadlock. We are interested in arriving at a solution. We are interested in reuniting our common country.”
The president said Cyprus could soon become a different country, affording protection and equal prospects of progress to all legal residents across its entire territory.
“The precondition is a solution to the Cyprus problem that will end occupation and colonisation, rid Cyprus of foreign troops and foreign dependence, and restore and ensure the inalienable human rights and basic freedoms of all legal citizens,” Anastasiades said.
That is why the Greek Cypriot side insists that before engaging in talks, the basic principles must be laid down clearly “to discuss the conditions of reunification instead of negotiating the terms of dissolution,” Anastasiades said.
The president also praised Cypriots for showing strength in the face of economic adversity.
“With the responsible and conscientious stance and the solidarity displayed in difficult conditions, the Cypriot people … have given a resounding response to those who thought we would bow in the face of the unprecedented trials were are going through,” Anastasiades said.
He warned that 2014 will be another difficult year for Cyprus but it will also be the year when the conditions for a better future will be defined.