The Cyprus issue is a “totally European problem” and Cyprus demands that the European factor is fully engaged in the new effort underway with a view to solve the problem, the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis said Wednesday during a public debate on the Euro-Turkish relations and the Cyprus question.
Mavroyiannis said the Cyprus question is a problem which concerns a European country and it is inconceivable for anything to happen which would not comply with Cyprus’ EU membership.
"This must be crystal clear, because without this there can be no negotiations on the Cyprus problem,” he noted, adding that “we are beginning a new effort and we want and demand that this factor is fully integrated into whatever we do for the Cyprus problem”.
He also said that so far negotiations were taking place on terms of the past.
Commenting on Turkey’s EU progress report, Mavroyiannis said that “despite the fact that it outlines some progress on certain topics, in essence it does not note any progress.”
There is a stalemate in Turkey’s accession negotiations and there is mistrust by the EU about Turkey’s will to implement what is required to join the Union, he added.