|Remarks by the Gov. Spokesman on the meeting of the President of the Republic with the UN SG Special Adviser on Cyprus
Our decision to return to the negotiating table cannot be taken while the violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus continues, Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, said tonight.
In his remarks to reporters, at the Presidential Palace, following the meeting of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Espen Barth Eide, the Spokesman said: “We have elaborated on our arguments on why Mr Eide’s proposal cannot be accepted.
Our decision to return to the negotiating table cannot be taken while the violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus continues and as long as Turkey does not in fact recognize the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus. There cannot be a dialogue under threats and intimidation and only when these reasons are eliminated and Turkey proves that she actually respects the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus it will be possible for a dialogue to resume. A dialogue in which –in order to have prospects for a positive outcome- Turkey must be actively involved.”
Replying to a question, Mr Christodoulides said that “it is very clear who is responsible for the situation we are in today, therefore, the side responsible must undertake actions so that it will be feasible for the dialogue to resume.”
The Spokesman said that the President presented a multifaceted argument and added that “it is important to note that there was understanding on the part of Mr Eide with regard to the position elaborated by the President of the Republic.”
Invited to comment on today’s threats by the Turkish Prime Minister, the Spokesman declined to comment, noting that Mr Davutoglu’s statements fall outside the framework of international legality. “The fact is that all the countries in the region, except for one, are in a dialogue to develop alliances on energy and other issues. And there is a very specific reason why this country, Turkey, cannot participate in the dialogue that is underway. Therefore, this is something that should be of concern to Turkey,” the Spokesman said.