- “We want to live in a functional and normal country, with no guarantors or Turkish troops.” – H.E. President Nicos Anastasiades.
- President Anastasiades expressed his willingness to return to the Cyprus talks and outlined his vision for a reunified ‘normal’ Cyprus, free of foreign troops and free of guarantees.
- National Federation President, Christos Karaolis, emphasised that the Federation unites the community and its leaders under one party – Cyprus. He also reaffirmed the community’s support for the President’s efforts towards the reunification of Cyprus.
Last night, H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, addressed a full house of representatives of the Federation’s member organisations about the latest developments in the Cyprus talks. The President of Cyprus was making his annual visit to London on his way to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The President said that he is heading to New York and his meeting with the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, “determined” to convey his commitment and willingness to continue working towards the reunification of Cyprus.
Informing community representatives about the latest developments in the talks to reunify Cyprus, the President said that Turkey insisted on maintaining its outdated guarantor (intervention) rights without a sunset clause; the presence of an 1,800 strong military force on the island; and a military base. The President made it clear that these demands by Turkey were unacceptable and would not result in Cyprus being a ‘normal’ country as it should be and has every right to be. He continued and said that, “as long as Turkey continues its obsession with controlling Cyprus, our opposition [to its intransigence] will be even stronger.”
He said that foreign powers have a significant responsibility to ensure that the UN Secretary General’s “first rule” is not violated: “that without an agreement on the security issue there can be no solution of the Cyprus issue and that one party’s security cannot be a threat to the other party.” He was also concerned that any future talks must be adequately prepared for and not allow Turkey the opportunity to hide their intransigence and lack of compromise behind their mere presence at the negotiating table.