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Cyprus: Finding a solution depends on Turkey, says Anastasiades

The position of our side is clear, said Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades as he left the offices of the Health Insurance Organization on Wednesday morning, referring to the Cyprus issue.

Nicos Anastasiades added that if Turkey attends the informal conference with a decision to find a solution that will protect all the people of Cyprus and that will not ignore the concerns of the Greek Cypriots, then a solution can be found in the Cyprus issue. .

Asked to comment if he had received information from the President of the European Council and the President of the Commission regarding their meeting with the President of Turkey, Nicos Anastasiades said, “Not yet, but in our last conversation with the President of the European Council we said we would receive information within days. “

Asked what he would present to the UK Under-Secretary of State for Europe, whom he will meet later today, the President said he would express the clear positions of the Greek Cypriot side, as they were presented to the European Council and each interlocutor. , this is that the solution remains the one proposed by the UN resolutions, the unanimous decisions of the National Council, but also by the parameters of the UN SG based on the announcement of November 25, 2019, when they had a meeting with the UN Secretary General under his , together with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot side Mustafa Akinci. “

To a journalist’s remark that UN SG Special Envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute seems to have low expectations from the informal conference in Geneva, the President replied that he did not want to comment and added that expectations are formed depending on political will. of Turkey. “If a decision is made to find a solution that will protect all the people of Cyprus, which will not ignore the concerns of the Greek Cypriots, I do not see what the problem will be in finding a solution,” he said. ai.

Asked to comment on the criticism from the opposition between the election campaign, but also in view of the informal conference on Cyprus and if this in any way affects the issue of the informal conference, the President stressed that “it does not touch even a bit and has nothing to do with “The presidential election is about parliamentary elections. I am not involved in parliamentary elections and I do not intend to be involved. We have democracy; any political party, any political force can express itself freely,” he said.

“What I want is to just keep a low profile, so that people do not ask me to negotiate from the air. This is not a negotiation between us. “It is with the Turkish side”, said Nicos Anastasiades.

“My personal positions are very clear, I have clearly stated them in the National Council and therefore, it is not necessary from time to time for me to be called publicly to say what I will claim. I have no problem saying that. But what worries me is what I have to admit. I think this goes a little beyond what would be expected, especially when someone is heading towards negotiations. “No one accepts without receiving”, concluded the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

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