President Nicos Anastasiades repeated Monday that the Greek Cypriot side is determined and willing to engage in a dialogue to solve the Cyprus issue.
Anastasiades stressed however that “when the fundamental principles of the solution are being questioned, one cannot believe that a dialogue on the Cyprus issue, under these conditions, could yield result”.
Speaking on the sidelines of celebrations held on the occasion of the Greek National Day, he noted that “it is us, first and foremost, who want the soonest possible withdrawal of the occupation troops, liberation and reunification".
Asked about the outcome of his recent contacts in Brussels, the President said that “everyone understands that what is needed is a real momentum for a new round of talks”.
"And what I believe and hope for is that they will under no circumstances seek out the resumption of a dialogue, which by the way will not take place just for the sake of talks and for the sake of a temporary alleged success that the dialogue is beginning again" he noted.
Meanwhile, in a speech he delivered after the Service held at St John’s Cathedral in Nicosia, on the occasion of the Greek National Day, House President Yiannakis Omirou underlined that the Greek Cypriots must make clear that they will not relinquish their rights and will not give in to any pressure or threats or difficulties that will lead to a humiliating settlement.