President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou has warned that people should not have excessive expectations in relation to efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem, saying this would only cause difficulties for the Greek Cypriot side.
Speaking at a press conference to brief journalists on his contacts in New York, developments in Cyprus and the local economy, he said “We should be down to earth, we should be modest in our expectations, we should be assertive at the negotiations and we should never forget that Turkey has the first and the final say in the solution of the Cyprus problem.”
Replying to a question, he said that instead of a climate of euphoria, there should be national mobilisation at international and European level to send the message that it is high time to turn to Turkey for a solution.
Commenting on a statement by the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, whom he met at UN headquarters, that now there is an opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem, Omirou told him that “we are certainly interested in the solution of the Cyprus issue more than anybody else”.
He said that the Greek Cypriot side is participating in the negotiations with the aim to reach a solution, not just any solution. The solution should be one that would respect the basic principles on Cyprus, which are incorporated in UN Security Council resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, the acquis communautaire of the EU and decision of the political leadership in Cyprus, including the unanimous statement of the National Council in September 2009 which outlines the form and content of the solution, Omirou told the press.
At the same time he said answering a question on the bizonal bicommunal federation, that what matters most is the content of the solution and not the nomenclature.
Omirou added that the parliament, after his own initiative, will be notified on the progress of the Cyprus talks by President Anastasiades.
The parliament will be informed on 15 September he said.
Failure of the international political system on the issue of Cyprus
Omirou said that in the case of Cyprus the international political system has failed to put in place the values of international law, on Cyprus resolutions voted in the UN Security Council.
He added that Turkey which is guilty of a slew violations and norms of international law and human rights conventions, international and European, has not been held accountable for 41 years of continued military occupation of 37% of the Republic’s territories and continued mass violation of human rights and freedoms of the Cypriot people.
UN-backed talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus resumed in May this year, with a view to reunite the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.
Source: Cyprus News Agency