President Nicos Anastasiades intends within the next week to make a proposal to the leaders of the parliamentary parties for the regrouping of the National Council under certain conditions, to ensure its advisory role but to also protect its effectiveness and confidentiality, it was announced on Friday.
Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said in an announcement that the president, in response to questions raised by various political forces “on the alleged blackout of the Cypriot people or the supposedly ‘secret diplomacy’ once again makes clear to the parties and to the people of Cyprus that he will not be involved in any secret diplomacy or conceal what was eventually agreed”.
“President Anastasiades knows that the solution to the Cyprus problem is not only a matter of the two community leaders, but primarily of the people of Cyprus, who will be asked to accept or reject any agreement, if it is hopefully reached “.
“He also wishes to make clear that he will not accept the referral to referendum of any solution which does not meet the concerns of the Greek Cypriots and to what at times was agreed. The President expressed hope that through the intensified dialogue a solution can be achieved within the current year, provided always that there will be respect for the Greek Cypriots’ expectations without neglecting the concerns of Turkish Cypriots,” it said.
It added that the goal remained a solution that would respect and adopt what at various times have been agreed, and will be based on UN resolutions and the principles and values of the EU.
“Therefore, the president calls on political forces to avoid making conclusions that create negative attitudes as to a settlement of the Cyprus problem,” the announcement said.
The functioning of the advisory body was questioned by the government earlier in the year after EDEK head Marinos Sizopoulos made public the minutes of the two National Council meetings, saying the public had a right to the truth.
The move prompted Anastasiades to rethink a promise to allow documents from the talks to be circulated at meetings and in the meantime he would brief party leaders separately. The president had announced that he would be informing party leaders of his decisions on the matter right after the parliamentary elections.