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Anastasiades: there is much Turkey could do to aid a solution

President Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday there was much Turkey could to do help reach a Cyprus solution more quickly and said dialogue should take place at the table and not through the media.

Attending a memorial for EOKA hero Gregori Afxentiou in Machairas, Anastasiades was responding on the sidelines of the event to comments made in an interview with Phileleftheros by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“There is much that Turkey should do so we can quickly find a solution,” he said. “This is not a matter for public debate, but of positions that Turkey still maintains and which do not meet the concerns of the Greek Cypriots.”

Issues such as territory and guarantees should be discussed at the end by all involved parties, the president said.

“The dialogue on the Cyprus problem is not done through the mass media or through interviews but should be held but at the negotiating table,” he added.

During his speech at the event, Anastasiades referred to the current opportunity to solve the Cyprus issue. “I am not saying there will not be another one but this time at least the circumstances allow us to hope that it can be done through effort and through the EU’s involvement that protects human rights, the unity of our country, freedom of movement, freedom of establishment, freedom to acquire property and to work throughout the country.”

Anastasiades said no matter what ideological differences might divide Greek Cypriots, a single goal united left, right, socialists and centrists that was “the goal of liberation” for Cyprus.

This goal could be nothing else other than “the painful compromise, if you will, of a bizonal, bicommunal federation”.

“I listen to a lot of recommendations for repositioning, for redefining our path and I wonder if we ignore what has hitherto been agreed, UN resolutions and decisions of the Security Council that we sought. But at the same time I wonder what is what is the alternative suggestion. Military confrontation? We believe that we have the power or alliances to overturn the occupation reality? Do we realise that as time passes it consolidates the fait accomplis? Do we realise that as time passes we alter the components of a decent solution?” Anastasiades said.

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