President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday expressed the hope that Turkey would demonstrate genuine political will to reach a Cyprus settlement, not using rhetoric, but through the adoption of concrete steps.
Anastasiades was speaking at a formal ceremony at the presidential palace, during which he received the credentials of the Ambassador of Honduras to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Tel Aviv, José Isaias Barahova Herrera.
Herrera expressed his support for ongoing efforts, under the auspices of the United Nations’ Secretary General’s Good Offices Mission, for a just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus problem.
“We are convinced that such a settlement will be to the benefit both of the Cypriot people as a whole, as well as your wider region,” Herrera, noted.
Referring to the Cyprus problem and to the ongoing negotiations for a comprehensive settlement, Anastasiades noted that while a common understanding on an important number of issues had been reached, there were still remaining differences in all chapters “and we have yet to embark on substantive discussions in a number of core issues”, he said.
“At the same time, there are also issues on which even if we reach a common understanding, the complexities associated with their implementation require time and careful planning. Thus, it is vital to be well-prepared and present to the people a clear plan, so as to avoid reaching a solution with considerable gaps or ambiguities that will negatively affect its viability,” he added.