President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday urged the island’s political leadership, the media, and civil society to work together to achieve a viable solution that will secure a modern, European state for all the citizens of the country.
In a statement issued Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Anastasiades said that after an arduous effort that lasted many months, the two sides agreed on “a joint declaration that will allow us to resume a substantive dialogue to achieve a solution that will rid our country of the occupation, lead to reunification and safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the legitimate citizens of Cyprus.”
At the same time, Anastasiades said he was following with great respect and patience the views and positions expressed by the political leaders and others on the contents of the declaration, but was obliged to note that he considered certain suggestions “totally unfounded and dangerously arbitrary.”
He said he felt the need to emphasize that he has “not deviated one iota” from his pre-election commitments either towards DIKO or the people of Cyprus.
Coalition partners DIKO and other political forces have expressed fierce opposition to the declaration.
Anastasiades said he will give a detailed analysis of the facts and what had been achieved through the joint declaration in the coming days.
He urged everyone to cooperate, focusing on “all the things that unite us” and “fight together to achieve a viable solution that will secure a modern, European state for all the citizens of the country.”
“The joint declaration is only the beginning”, the president said. “We have hard work ahead and should make a persistent effort.”
Anastasiades thanked the Greek government for its unwavering support and expressed satisfaction for the responsible stance of the two biggest political parties on the island, ruling DISY and AKEL, and the responsibility exhibited by other political forces and civil society.