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Cypriot spokesman: 'We do not negotiate our sovereign rights'

Δημοσίευση 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:21 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Cypriot spokesman: 'We do not negotiate our sovereign rights'
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"We do not in any case negotiate the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus but on the contrary we promote them," Cyprus Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou stressed in Athens on Tuesday while addressing Greek journalists.

"We do not in any case negotiate the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus but on the contrary we promote them," Cyprus Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou stressed in Athens on Tuesday while addressing Greek journalists.

Stephanou said that "we also promote the issue of the chapter on energy in the framework of Turkey's accession negotiations, which primarily concerns the EU" making clear that "we have no intention of allowing the opening of the chapter if Turkey is not committed towards the EU that it will stop hindering the Republic of Cyprus from exercising its sovereign right to explore and exploit its undersea resources."

He also termed as "constructive" a Greek proposal, which was expressed by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, for the holding of an EU-Turkey summit next June.

This Greek initiative is constructive and aims at giving a new impetus to EU-Turkish relations on the basis of the obligations undertaken by Turkey, Stephanou said.

Stephanou noted that Turkey, which does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, creates problems at various levels, with regard to the Republic of Cyprus efforts to exercise its sovereign rights. He added that the Cyprus government abides by the international law, part of which is the Law of the Sea and tries to fully fulfill its sovereign rights, something that resulted in the agreement with Israel.

Cyprus and Israel signed last week a bilateral agreement for the delineation of the Exclusive Economic Zone between the two countries.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, Stephanou said that its settlement must be a product of compromise, based on the agreed basis for a bizonal, bicommunal federation as provided by the High Level Agreements and the UN resolutions.

He said that Turkey has been following an undermining policy, which invests on stagnancy and supports positions for two peoples and two states, which are adopted by Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, while it continues the illegal settling, altering the demographic character of the Turkish Cypriots and encouraging the huge rise of investments in the occupied areas and with foreign funds, through the usurpation of Greek Cypriot properties.

The Cypriot spokesman said that the Republic of Cyprus insists on the agreed basis for a solution providing for a bizonal, bicommunal federation, referring to the High Level agreements and the UN resolutions.

Furthermore, he underlined that the Cyprus problem will be solved in the UN framework and that despite the fact that Turkey supports positions that do not abide by the bizonal, bicommunal federation, supporting a two-state solution, the Greek Cypriot side will have to remain consistent and denounce Turkey's positions, recalling UN resolutions and their content.

Stephanou also noted that the Cypriot President ensured before the beginning of the negotiations that the basis of the settlement is a bizonal, bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality and made clear that any discussions cannot take place outside the UN resolutions.

Turkey, a country that aspires to become an EU member does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, an EU members since May 2004.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.