NICOSIA -- President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades ” urged the island’s political leadership, the media and civil society to work together to achieve a viable solution that will secure a modern, European state for all the citizens of the country.
The President made the statement ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu at the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia.
In the past few months, the negotiators of the two sides have been meeting in an effort to agree on a joint statement that would pave the way for the resumption of talks which lead to a political settlement to reunite the country. President and Eroglu, have announced their agreement to a draft joint declaration, set to pave the way for the resumption of the stalled peace talks.
In a statement issued on Sunday, President Anastasiades said that after a very laborious effort that lasted many months, “we have reached to the conclusion of a Joint Declaration that will allow us to resume a substantive dialogue to achieve a solution that will rid our country of the occupation, lead to reunification and safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the legitimate citizens of Cyprus”.
At the same time, President Anastasiades said that he is observing with great respect and patience views and positions expressed by the political leaders and others on the contents of the Joint Declaration.
However, President Anastasiades said he is obliged to note that he considers “totally unfounded and baseless and at the same time dangerously arbitrary, allegations that are being made to alter the contents of the Joint Declaration”.
The President said he feels the need to underline that he has “not deviated one iota” from his pre-election commitments either towards the Democratic Party or the people of Cyprus.
He said that in a press conference in the coming days, he will give a detailed analysis of the facts and what is achieved through the Joint Declaration, to enlighten the people.
President Anastasiades urged all to cooperate on “all that unites us” and “together to fight to achieve a viable solution that will secure a modern, European state for all the citizens of the country”.
“The joint declaration is only the beginning”, the President said, and underlined that “we have hard work ahead and should make a persistent effort. In the time to come, everyone’s patriotic standing will be accounted for, the political leadership, the media and civil society. Everyone has a role to play in this effort”, he added.
President Anastasiades thanked the Greek government for its unwavering support. He also expressed great satisfaction for the responsible stance of the two greatest political parties on the island, the Democratic Rally and left wing AKEL and the responsibility exhibited by other political forces and the civil society.
The center right Democratic Party, coalition partner in President Anastasiades’ government, has criticized the contents of the Joint Declaration.
The latest UN-led round of talks was suspended by the Turkish Cypriot side in July 2012, when Cyprus assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union.