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‘Cyprus solution must meet the aspirations of the people’

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides

President Nicos Anastasiades will not agree to a Cyprus solution that does not meet the aspirations of the people, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a memorial service in Aglandjia in Nicosia, Christodoulides said the aim of resolving the Cyprus issue should be a common goal for all Cypriots.

“A possible failure to achieve progress and therefore the non-resolution of the Cyprus will be a negative thing for us all. Who could consider it positive the non-resolution of the Cyprus problem?” he said. There are ongoing negotiation, he said, and often “difficult negotiation”.

On Monday for example, he said discussions would be taking place on the criteria on the property “one of the most essential issues”. Agreement has already been reached on for the categories for the property.

“It would be a mistake to start from now into a tug of war over ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for a plan that is not yet in front of us,” said Christodoulides.

“We must remain serious and focused in order to come before the people with a plan that will meet their expectations and therefore will be accepted through a referendum. And I can assure you that this is the aim of the President of the Republic. There is going to be no solution put before the people that he disagrees with and that he does not believe meets the aspirations of the people.”

Christodoulides said there were indications today that allowed for hope that a solution could be reached, adding that the talks between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci were perhaps the most significant opportunity in recent years “for the reunification of our homeland”.

“We are working to deliver to the next generation a country free from occupation armies and divisions,” he added. “We have to lose the practices and methods of the past that have divided the people.”

The two leaders are due to meet again on September 14. On Monday night they will inaugurate an exhibtion of personal items belonging to the late president, Glafcos Clerides in Nicosia.

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