Remarks by the President of the Republic
The reasons, for which the talks on the Cyprus problem have been suspended, have not vanished and any announcement for their resumption depends on Turkey’s response to restore the situation, as it existed before the violation of the international law and the sovereign rights of Cyprus, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, said today.
In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of the celebrations for the anniversary of the Independence of the Hellenic Republic, in response to a question whether the reasons, for which the talks on the Cyprus problem have been suspended, do not exist anymore, the President said that “the reasons have not vanished. The [Turkish] Navtex is still in force, the [Turkish vessel] Barbaros is still within the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus and, therefore, if and whether any resumption of the dialogue will be announced, this will depend on the response of the Turkish side to restore the situation, as it was before the violation of the international law and the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus.”
With regard to the Greek national anniversary of the 25th of March, President Anastasiades noted that the main messages of the day are those of unity and struggle, adding that the grandeur of the celebration of Greek Independence Day in Cyprus demonstrates that the brotherly bonds Greece and Cyprus share are enduring and inseparable and consequently, lay out a common course to follow for the future as well. - 25.03.2015