THERE cannot be a solution to the Cyprus problem without the return of occupied Morphou, and the President will not go along with such a solution, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos has said.
Papadopoulos on Wednesday received a delegation from Morphou municipality headed by the Mayor Charalambos Pittas, who handed over a petition on the occasion of 40 years since the town was occupied during the second wave of the Turkish invasion, marked today.
The Acting Government Spokesman said that President Nicos Anastasiades` two main priorities since he assumed office were the solution of the Cyprus problem and exiting the economic crisis.
The petition was handed to the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which are asked to work towards a solution and exert pressure on Turkey.
Pittas also said that the Cyprus problem was at a very critical point and near an impasse. If the Turkish side did not change its stance at the talks, there could be no settlement, he said.
He said the Turkish side had made a mockery out of the negotiations process, “by ignoring all of the President’s suggestions and insisting on not showing any sign of goodwill or compromise, even on the minor issues.”
Earlier Papadopoulos received a delegation from occupied Pyroi headed by the president of the community council Constantinos Adamou. The delegation handed a petition with their demands, mainly the opening of a crossing point near their village.
Papadopoulos said that Anastasiades had put forward at the negotiating table the opening of a crossing point near Pyroi as a confidence building measure and he was fighting hard for the just demand to be met. “However the Turkish side is intransigent,” he said.