24 February 2014 07:49

If the Turks do not become more reasonable peace talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem will fail, Archbishop Chrysostomos said on Sunday.
Speaking after a memorial service in Paphos, the Archbishop said that the Church of Cyprus will do the best that it possibly can to defend the interests of the country and its people, in order to ensure that the island’s citizens do not agree to a solution that will see them become the last Greeks to live on the island.
He also said the talks had to resume in order to give Turkish Cypriots another chance, if they wanted to, to live together peacefully with Greek Cypriots in a “true federation”.
However, he pointed out that the talks may come to a halt because the Turkish side has never spoken about a federation but instead insists on a confederation and on a solution that will involve "two states".
The Archbishop expressed hope that the Turks will become more reasonable. "If they do not come to their senses, I do not think we will be moving towards a solution but instead towards a collapse of the talks", he added.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island. Past efforts to reunify the island have so far failed. A new round of talks resumed earlier this month, following an agreement on a joint declaration between the leaders of the two communities.


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