28 November 2012 17:05

 LARNACA – President Christofias said that the unacceptable conditions set continually by Turkey did not allow the return of Famagusta to its lawful residents and expressed the hope that the next President of Cyprus will not abandon the demand for the return of either Famagusta or Kyrenia or Morphou.

Speaking today in Larnaca at the inauguration of the Cultural Centre of Kato Varosha "Petrakis Papadopoulos," the President stated that since his election to the Presidency of the Republic, Famagusta was among his priorities.

“I gave great battles for Famagusta and at the negotiating table and in the international arena for the immediate return of Famagusta to its residents, prior to a solution of the Cyprus problem” he said.

“Unfortunately the Turkish side constantly sets unacceptable conditions substantially equivalent either to recognition or indirect recognition of a second state in Cyprus” he added, indicating that this fact that did not allow the return of the occupied city to its lawful residents.

During the ongoing UN led talks, which started in 2008, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has put forward a proposal on Famagusta which urges Turkey to implement UN Security Council resolution 550, which calls for the transfer of the fenced off area of Varosha, to UN administration.

It also suggests the opening of Famagusta port under EU auspices to benefit the Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish side has rejected the proposal.

CNA


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