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Wishful thinking not enough to solve the Cyprus problem

Wishful thinking in not enough to solve the Cyprus problem House President Yiannakis Omirou said after the annual commemoration on the anniversary of the Day of Genocide of Pontian Hellenism, in Paphos.

Omirou said that despite the optimism that has been cultivated and the unjustified euphoria, Turkey has not yet given any tangible samples of goodwill.

As far as the fundamental aspects of the Cyprus problem are concerned, which is to end the occupation, to withdraw the troops, to remove the settlers and to abolish the 1960 guarantee system, Omirou said that there was no discussion so far in the peace talks.

His comments came after President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci issued a joint statement on Sunday marking one year since they began peace talks in which they said they hoped to solve the Cyprus problem this year.

In his comments, Omirou expressed the fear that the internal developments in Turkey with the authoritarian dominance of Tayyip Erdogan, will lead to even greater intensification of the Turkish intransigence.

Therefore, he said, “we want a solution as soon as possible through the negotiation process, but without self-denial”, adding that “our task is to showcase the true nature of the Cyprus problem as an occupation problem”.

He also said that it should be made clear to Cyprus’ European partners that any concessions to Turkey on the issue of EU Visa-Free travel for Turkish citizens would be unthinkable without Turkey fulfilling its obligations towards Cyprus on the basis of European Council decisions.

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