A state’s ability to provide security to its citizens is the element which will contribute to the smooth functioning of the state the day after a solution, President Nicos Anastasiades said in his address to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Democratic Rally (Disy) party on Wednesday night.
“Providing security to all the citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, is that element which will create and contribute to the establishment of a state which would function the day after a solution,” he said addressing the event at the Filoxenia conference centre in Nicosia.
Referring to the economy, he said that thanks to the cooperation of all political parties, the economy was now on a course of sustainable growth.
“It is necessary to continue to cooperate wisely and create prospects so that it will be possible to introduce modern trends and hand over, in 2023 [end of his current term in office] a European state,” President Anastasiades noted.
But above everything else, he said, government efforts focused on ensuring that Cyprus became a “normal state” as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“A normal state cannot have guarantees by third countries nor can it accept the presence of troops which would supposedly guarantee its existence.”
The government, President Anastasiades said, had followed policies that build ties of friendship with neighbouring states “to ensure that we are in no danger from anyone”.
The only one who has yet to join this great family in the region was Turkey.
“If Turkey really wished to contribute, as it should, to a Cyprus solution all it had to do would have been to accept the recommendations, not just our proposals, but those which have been accepted by the United Nations and in particular by the secretary-general.”
The president reiterated his readiness to continue the dialogue with the Turkish Cypriot leader, saying that he and Mustafa Akinci had agreed that “the security of one community cannot be a threat to the other”.
“We have also agreed that the presence of occupation troops and Turkey’s rights of guarantee and intervention cannot be considered as something we are seeking.”
It may provide the Turkish Cypriots with what they describe as “security” but at the same time it is a threat for the Greek Cypriot community.
“All these are not prerequisites or terms for the start of a dialogue. These are fundamental elements of the solution we are seeking, the solution which the Turkish Cypriots themselves should be seeking too so that we, as Cypriots, can survive,” the president said.