Published by: KP Daily News
Former Greek Cypriot president Demetris Christofias who presents himself as a “disciplined communist at the AKEL front” gave an exclusive interview to Kıbrıs Postası and warned against “taksim (permanent division)”.
Touching upon the crisis triggered by the actions of the Barbaros seismic exploration vessel and suspension of the negotiations Christofias had a deep “sigh” and said that 5 years is needed for the gas to be extracted and be benefited from and added “If we cannot reach a solution in these 5 years the only option left will be “taksim- division” and it will be a great catastrophe for all Cypriots”
“Suspension of the talks makes us sad because there is no other solution for Cyprus problem rather than the one that could be found through negotiations. We are as worried and disturbed by this tension and deadlock as you are and we defiantly do not approve the negotiations to be cut for good” said Christofias.
“There are some realities that are kept secret”
Christofias who is helping AKEL’s youth branch in their efforts for reconciliation with Turkish Cypriots is also working on a book in which he is compiling his memories, experiences and opinions. “There are some realities that are kept secret. There are certain unspoken realities regarding the relations between the two communities and I am writing the ones I know” said Christofias. He also added that he was proud to be involved in the people’s movement all through his life and said that his is a disciplined communist at the AKEL front.
“Turkey is violating Cyprus Republic’s sovereignty”
After being asked about the crisis that was ignited by the Barbaros’ entrance to Cyprus’ EEZ and led to the suspension of the talks Christofias sighed deeply and said that Turkey’s actions were a new way of provocation.” “Turkey’s action was almost like an attempt to extend the invasion to the south of the Island. Turkey is already violating Cyprus’ sovereignty by occupying north with its 40.000 troops and currently extending this violation to our seas with provocative actions” said Christofias.
“We are weaker than Turkey in terms of military strength”
Noting that Cyprus Republic has less power in terms of its military capacity and therefore they could show their reactions through politics and diplomacy. “Turkey’s action demonstrated by Barbaros’ operations is provocative. Therefore in order to give a message to the international community the talks were suspended and AKEL also approved this decision” said Chirstofias.
“Silence and inaction worry us”
Expressing his worry regarding the current state of the negotiations Christofias said “Yes, we gave our consent for the decision to suspend the talks but we definately do not approve the negotiations to be cut. Suspension of the talks makes us sad because there is no other solution for Cyprus problem rather than the one that could be found through negotiations. We are as worried and disturbed by this tension and deadlock as you are and we definately do not approve the negotiations to be cut for good” said Christofias. He also added taht he wishes that Turkey will understand that these kind of “adventurous actions do not serve to their (Turkey’s) interest either and will quit these actions.
“Natural gas belongs to all Cypriots”
Saying that the natural gas belongs to all Cypriots, Christofias said “no one should worry about Greek Cypriots benefiting from the gas by themselves. But of course for such an equal sharing of the gas there should be a solution” “If we cannot find solution in 5 years there will be “taksim (division)” Christofias noted that 5 years is needed for the gas to be extracted and be benefited from and added “If we cannot reach a solution in these 5 years the only option left will be “taksim- division” and it will be a great catastrophe for Greek Cypriots , Turkish Cypriots, Armenian, Latin and all the other communities living on this land. Therefore we “MUST” reach to a solution.”
“Two so-called mainland: Greece and Turkey ”
Christofias who referred to Greece and Turkey as the two “so-called mainlands” said that in the future Greece and Turkey can become the closest allies of the United Cyprus. “The real masters of Cyprus are Cypriots and Greece and Turkey will not be able to intervene with United Cyprus’ internal affairs” added Christofias. Noting that Cyprus has been facing conspiracies of the imperialist powers since the 1950s he said that the progressive people in both communities should stand solid against interventions from “so-called mainlands” and imperialist conspiracies. “We need to work hard for our children to be able to live in an united and happy country. I might not be alive to witness this but we have to work for our children’s future” added Chirstofias.
“Cyprus Republic is neither Helen nor Turkish”
“There is something that I always emphasize which annoys some Greek Cypriots which is “Cyprus Republic is neither Helen nor Turkish. This Republic belongs only to Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Cypriot Latins. Everyone should respect this including the so-called mainlands” said Christofias.