President Anastasiades said yesterday that despite the economy’s poor state, the Greek Cypriot side will not give in to any pressure to enter negotiations until trust can be restored between the two sides.
Speaking at the unveiling of a military monument, Anastasiades said that the government is in favour of dialogue and desires more than anyone to reunite the island.
“However, at the same time, they also have to realise and inform – both Ankara and the Turkish Cypriots- that bold steps must finally be taken to restore trust, including measures to build confidence such as efforts for a joint announcement,” said Anastasiades.
“This will set the framework for how we will move forward to find a solution that does not question the one and only international entity, the one and only sovereignty, the one and only nationality,” he added.
He said without these conditions, unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot side cannot participate in a dialogue with deaf men and that is the duty of the United Nations to avoid.
The president went on to say that time is of the essence and that internal unity among the Greek Cypriot community is necessary to achieve common goals.
“With actions we can make use of the international and European communities, but also the newly increased geo-strategic circumstances which answer all those who think they can blackmail us or who think they can pressure us.”
“We may be going through a big financial crisis, but I want to make clear once and for all and in all directions that we will not bend under any financial circumstances,” he stressed.