The solution of the Cyprus problem will be a compromise, President Nicos Anastasiades has said, adding that the public would be briefed on the developments in the ongoing negotiations.
Speaking in Larnaca on Friday night, Anastasiades underlined that both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots should understand that there would be no winners and losers, adding that a solution should be lasting and lead to a functional and viable state.
“Since May we have been engaged in an intensified dialogue with the ultimate aim of ridding ourselves of the occupying troops and reunifying our country,” the president said, adding that both he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akkinci had resolved to work hard for a solution.
“I believe it is my duty to strive resolutely defending the concerns of the Greek Cypriots, but on the other hand Turkey on its part should support the settlement.”
Anastasiades said that utilising Cyprus’ position as an EU member-state would help to secure the evolution of the Republic into a bi-zonal, bicommunal federal state.
This evolution, he said, apart from the harmonisation with the EU acquis communautaire that safeguards human rights, would create a firm basis for peace and security.
The president said there had been progress and convergence on some elements and understanding on others, but warned problems remained in some issues.
“I will not portray images of over optimism but what I know is that both Akkinci and I are resolute in working hard to achieve a solution,” he said.
“We need to realise that as time passes, the fait accompli is consolidated and the basic elements of a settlement that could be accepted by both communities change.”