Anastasiades: Greek-Cypriot Side Stands Ready to Negotiate Solution Within the UN Secretary-General’s Parameters

In his first statements following the impasse of the Cyprus Talks on Friday in Crans-Montana Switzerland, Cyprus’ president, Nicos Anastasiades, announced that the Greek-Cypriot side stands ready to negotiate a solution within the UN Secretary-General’s parameters.

“What I want to make absolutely clear…[is that] the Greek-Cypriot side is ready to negotiate a solution within the parameters set by the United Nations Secretary General,” President Anastasiades said.

The statement came as part of a televised news conference in Monday where the President reiterated that although talks in Crans’Montana had come to a close, the Cyrus Talks are still an ongoing process.

During the statement, President Anastasiades said that a solution could still be found as long as the Treaty of Guarantee and the Treaty of Alliance were terminated, along with the right of intervention. He also stated that the withdrawal of Turkish military troops from the island would be necessary for negotiations to be successful.

“As a result of the refusal of the Turkish side to negotiate within the parameters set by the Secretary-General and in view of a looming stalemate, I took the initiative and on July 5, under specific terms and conditions, I submitted proposals countering the concerns of Turkish Cypriots, without ignoring the sensitivities of the Greek Cypriot side,” said Anastasiades.

“I want to reiterate that our goal and purpose through the proposals we have put forward is the creation of a truly independent and sovereign state, free from any third country dependency,” he said while explaining that Turkish-Cypriots must decide if they want to be a part of Cyprus or Turkey.