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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-05-24

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    The solution of the Cyprus problem must include the termination of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus and the unification of the island, its people, its economy and its institutions, President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has said.

    There can be no solution of the Cyprus problem if it does not include the termination of Turkish occupation, the termination of Ankaras policy to bring illegal settlers to the island, if it does not ensure the reunification of Cyprus, its people, its economy and its institutions and if it maintains Turkish guarantees or Turkish intervention rights, Garoyian added.

    The solution of the Cyprus problem, he went on to say, must ensure the right of the displaced persons to return to their homes and properties, and safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    It is our duty to fight for the restoration of freedom and democracy all over Cyprus. But above all, it is our duty to give a clear message: No more pressure, no more concessions, no suffocating timeframes, no arbitration.


    Cyprus Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou reiterated the Greek Cypriot side`s determination to continue UN-led talks for an agreed settlement of the Cyprus problem despite difficulties at the negotiating table.

    Briefing the 11th Conference of the Federation of Cypriot Organizations in Greece (OKOE) on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, Stephanou said that the continuation of the Turkish occupation and the de facto division of Cyprus constitutes a time bomb in the foundations of the Republic of Cyprus and the existence and the future of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

    He said that Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has assumed the initiative for the commencement of UN-led talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem on a particular basis which has been reaffirmed by the joint statements issued by the leaders of the two communities.

    He added that the two communities are the main actors in the current solution efforts, noting however, that international pressure towards Turkey so that it would cooperate for a Cyprus solutions is necessary.

    Referring to the current talks, Stephanou said that there are difficulties at the table as well as convergence and divergence between the two sides.

    He pointed out however that time consolidates the fait accompli of the invasion and occupation and consolidates the fait accompli in the consciousness of the people.

    ``Our will to solve the problem and to live together again is what keeps the vision for a solution alive. We must work for a solution without being ready to sacrifice the quality of the solution,`` Stephanou added.

    Referring to the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, Stephanou said that the Greek Cypriot side does not identify him with the previous leader Rauf Denktash who had a vision for the division of Cyprus.

    Noting that Talat underlines that he desires a bi-zonal, bi-communal settlement, Stephanou said ``we believe him, but he must prove it at the negotiating table. That is why President Christofias extends his hand and asks for his cooperation to reach a solution.``

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