We are ready to return to the negotiating table but a new conference must be well prepared, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday, making clear that he will not enter into a dialogue for the sake of the dialogue.
Addressing an event marking the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Larnaka Army Reserve Officers Association, reiterated his willingness to return to the negotiating table for a solution on Cyprus issue explaining that this “does not mean that we will enter again into a dialogue process for the sake of dialogue”.
Regarding a new Conference on Cyprus, he said that the United Nations – either through the Secretary-General`s envoys or by the Permanent Members of the Security Council – should ensure that is well prepared. As for the previous conferences, one that took place in Geneva in January 2017 and the second one in the Crans Montana resort in June/July 2017, Anastasiades expressed regret for the fact that the Crans Montana meeting “did not come to an end as a result of the Turkish intransigence”.
Furthermore, he noted that the solution should create the conditions so that the state will be completely independent, not questioned by anyone or serve the interests of any third country. Any extension or acceptance of the conditions of an anachronistic security system such as guarantees, intervention rights, or the presence of the Turkish army cannot lead to a solution, he emphasized.
Regarding the relations with Greece in the defence sector, Anastasiades stressed that they are being upgraded through the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)– of which Greece and Cyprus are founding members. They are also strengthened, he added, through the regional cooperation the two countries are developing with neighbouring countries, which are committed to stability, security and peace in the region.