Greek Cypriots who sell their property in the occupied north are weakening Cyprus’ negotiating position, President Anastasiades said yesterday.
Speaking at the 33rd anti-occupation march of the Turkish-occupied municipality of Morphou, Anastasiades expressed concern about the increasing number of Greek Cypriots selling off property in the north.
The march was organised with Morphou refugees expressing their determination to return to their occupied homes.
“They need to realise that, even if this is not their intention, they are creating negative conditions for freedom and reunification and weaken our negotiating position,” he told a gathering in Astromeritis.
He explained that we should not ignore the fact that the Greek Cypriot properties ‘compensated’ through the property commission in the north are transferred to the Turkish Government.
“It is natural that those who want a solution are those who were victims of the invasion,” he added.
But also those considering selling their properties due to their own financial difficulties are worsening the country’s situation by exposing it to more dangers. They should think again.”
He also said that a solution to the Cyprus problem can be reached by Christmas if only Turkey finally makes the right steps to demonstrate that it can abide by UN regulations and work towards their aspirations for entry into the EU.
“It is time for Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to make convincing steps to show that they want and are able to implement UN resolutions and that they can also fulfil the requirements of EU membership.”
Full story in The Cyprus Daily.