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Spokesman: world is watching Cyprus negotiations

Nicos Christodoulides

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides on Sunday called for an end to infighting over the Cyprus talks, saying the world was ‘watching us”.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an EOKA memorial event in Pachna, Limassol, Christodoulides said the Cyprus issue would be resolved at the negotiating table and not through public statements.

To a remark that the opposition parties did not seem to be convinced by the government’s handling of the Cyprus issue, the spokesman said: “I do not know what does not convince the opposition. The President of the Republic expressed the hope that his presence in the House, which was a historic moment for the Republic of Cyprus, would not be used as a pretext to launch a new round of debate.”

He was referring to President Nicos Anastasiades address to parliament on the Cyprus issue on Thursday night.

“The hard work of the President of the Republic must have the support of all, if possible, the political forces” he added. ” A positive result from the process will be good for all of us, a negative result will be something that will not be good for any of us.”

Christodoulides said with due respect to different approaches, there was too much controversy and too much public debate on the negotiations.
“We strongly feel that the world is watching us, especially in the national issue,” he said.

Commenting on political party criticism in connection with the negotiations’ documents at the presidential palace, Christodoulides said they were free to be examined by the political parties “for as long as they want as many times as they want to study them”.

Asked about the furore over the ‘virgin birth’ versus the ‘evolution of the Republic’, the spokesman said public debate on the issue needed to end.

Since efforts began to solve the Cyprus problem decades ago, he said there were four official documents setting out the basis for a solution; the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, the agreement of July 8, 2006 and the Joint Statement of February 11, 2014.

“All of these documents refer to the evolution of Cyprus. For us is clear from the Joint Declaration of February 2014, and is not even a matter that is up for discussion,” the spokesman said.

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