A detailed, intense response by President Christodoulides as he left the Saint Maronas church this morning, attending the Maronite community’s celebration, followed equally strong criticism of intentions to amend the local government reform, months before the June elections, as well as polls indicating low popularity levels.
‘We will implement everything that was promised to the people of Cyprus’ the President said, going on to express pride in the government and his ministers for their work over their past year.
Asked on Cyprus issue prospects, given Turkey’s instransigent stance, as well as London’s positions, as expressed by the High Commissioner in Nicosia, the President reiterated that the appointment of Olgin Cuellar by the UN Secretary General, is clear political will that it is indeed possible to resume talks and achieve a settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on the agreed framework. ‘This is the international community’s message to both Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot community’, he added.
It is certainly not easy, he noted, there are complications and challenges, but in cooperation with Ms.Olgin and the international community, including the EU, he further stressed, Nicosia will do everything possible towards achieving the settlement goal.
The President pointed to the visit tomorrow of the President of Germany, as the first since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, indicating that Germany is an EU member which enjoys excellent relations with Turkey and is interested in the progress of Euroturkish relations.
It will be an excellent opportunity, he added, for a discussion and exchange of views on how to maintain conditions for the resumption of talks, given Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s rich political career, including as former Foreign Minister and his own good relations with Turkey.
‘There is no other option’, he said.
President Christodoulides confirmed that Turkey is being negative on the appointment of an EU envoy on the Cyprus issue, but this does not mean that efforts will be abandoned by the Greek-Cypriot side. The EU, he noted, has a role to play as having the tools that can lead to a mutually acceptable and beneficial solution.
He made clear that the positions expressed by the British High Commissioner in Nicosia are not in a way helpful to talks resumption efforts and that this was also the view of the international community and those genuinely interested in the Cyprus issue.
‘Such positions are unacceptable, out of the question’, he added.
Responding to criticism that this was the government of observers over the local government reform issue, the President said that this ‘observer government’, according to some, is the one being called to implement a reform voted by these observers in the House of Representatives.
‘And we will implement it’, he said, making clear however that the government will not hesitate to introduce changes, if necessary, referring to certain personal and political expediencies as elections approach.