Second Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Georgios Varemenos, has expressed hope that recent developments in Turkey will not have an adverse effect on the Cyprus talks, noting that there is now a historic opportunity that needs to be seized.
In statements after being received on Wednesday by President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, the SYRIZA MP, noted that the Greek government is steadily in favour of the continuation of the talks, stands by the Cypriot government, supporting a settlement that will reflect the principles and the decisions of the UN, with no occupation troops and without the obsolete institution of the guarantees.
He noted that they had a very good discussion with Anastasiades on the course of the talks on the Cyprus problem, “in view of the recent developments and the dramatic events in Turkey, which as I said yesterday in a speech is fighting with some of its demons.”
He stressed that “we are steadily in favour of the constitutional legality, the respect of the people`s will and in favour of democracy, which however is connected with certain concepts as humanitarianism and the respect of the rule of law,” underlining that “Turkey must give tangible proof on this, if it wants to convince its own self that it wants to follow a European route.”
Referring to the UN-led Cyprus talks, Varemenos said that the Greek government is committed to this process, which is accepted by everyone, noting that there is no other option. “We hope and want to be optimistic that there will be a successful outcome,” Varemenos noted.
Asked if he is optimistic after his briefing by President Anastasiades on the course of the negotiations, Varemenos said that he wants to be optimistic.
He acknowledged that there were disappointments in the past and there are currently difficulties, noting at the same time that there is a sense of urgency as regards the current opportunity. “This is a historical juncture that we must take advantage of,” he added.
Varemenos also said that the people of Cyprus will be able to evaluate the outcome of this effort.