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House President refers to “crucial” point in Cyprus talks

The House of Representatives President said that “seeking to reach and implement a viable and democratic solution is our inalienable right.” (CNA)

House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris and Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou have spoken of a “crucial” point the Cyprus UN led negotiations have reached in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Addressing a memorial service, on Sunday, Sylouris said that the talks and process of reaching a Cyprus problem solution are “at a crucial point.”

“The aim of the Cypriot leadership but also of every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus is to guarantee our borders, the territorial integrity of our state and the guarantee of the human rights of Cypriot citizens, which are inalienable”, he noted.

However, he continued, “Turkey’s provocative aims and its focus on expansionist goals act as an obstacle to every effort for a just solution of the Cyprus problem.”

The House of Representatives President also said that “seeking to reach and implement a viable and democratic solution is our inalienable right.”

At the same time, he explained, a functional solution of the Cyprus problem would create prospects for the island’s growth in a climate of prosperity. He reiterated, however that reaching such a solution depends entirely on Turkey and pointed out that “any difficulties and obstacles in our way should not deflect us from our goal.”

On his part, Photiou, who was addressing another memorial service today, also spoke of a “crucial” point in the Cyprus process.

He conveyed a message by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades that he stands with great responsibility before the ongoing developments and “is ready to take all necessary steps in order for our great goal to be reached.”

He also called for unity on the internal front and recalled that President Anastasiades is not in Switzerland on his own but together with the entire National Council, the country’s top advisory body, comprised among others of all parliamentary party leaders.

The Conference on Cyprus began on Wednesday, to help find a negotiated settlement to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.


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