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07/07/2017 8:31
Remarks by the Government Spokesman about the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus

Tonight’s outcome is not, under any circumstance whatsoever, a positive development but it is not the end of the road either, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, said last night, underlining that the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, will intensify his efforts so that those conditions will be created which will allow us to be optimistic about the termination of the occupation and the reunification of our homeland.

In his remarks to reporters about the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana, Switzerland, which completed its proceedings in the early morning of 7 July, the Spokesman said that “unfortunately, there was no outcome from the current effort because of the insistence of the Turkish side for the continuation of the Treaty of Guarantee, the rights of intervention by Turkey in Cyprus, as well as the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus.

Beyond the Turkish positions on the chapter of Security and Guarantees, the Turkish positions that were expressed about the rest of the chapters, not only drift away from the framework of the Secretary General of the United Nations, but they were such that they could not be accepted under any circumstances whatsoever.

The President of the Republic, from the first day of his presence in Crans-Montana, submitted specific and comprehensive proposals on the basis also of the ideas of the Secretary General, so that if they were accepted the road for an overall solution to the Cyprus problem would be open; Specific, written proposals which addressed also the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots without of course ignoring the concerns of the Greek Cypriot community.

A specific written proposal on the chapter of Security and Guarantees was also submitted by the Greek Government which, during the course of the discussions in Crans Montana, presented itself with a constructive attitude and approach so that there can be a positive outcome.

In this context, the President of the Republic wishes to express his satisfaction for the excellent cooperation both with the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was in Crans Montana during all these days, and of course with the Greek Prime Minister with whom they were in continuous contact.
Tonight’s outcome is not, under any circumstance whatsoever, a positive development but it is not the end of the road either.

The unacceptable current state of affairs cannot be the future of Cyprus, and the President will intensify his efforts so that those conditions will be created that will allow us to be optimistic about the termination of the occupation and the reunification of our homeland.

The President of the Republic wishes, at the same time, to thank the Secretary General of the United Nations who, through his presence here and the way of approaching the pending issues, demonstrated that he understands those principles that must govern a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem for a state which is, and will continue to be also following a possible solution, a member state of the European Union.”

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