News Local FM: Current state of affairs cannot constitute solution of Cyprus problem

FM: Current state of affairs cannot constitute solution of Cyprus problem

Cyprus continues striving for a functional and viable compromise that would meet the desires and expectations of the island’s citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicos Christodoulides has said, adding that the current unacceptable state of affairs cannot constitute the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 20th annual meeting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth on Tuesday, Christodoulides said that Cyprus, a victim of war, of foreign interventions, invasion and a 45-year occupation of a sizeable part of its territory continues to strive for the restoration of the international law and liberation and reunification through a viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the agreed framework of a bicommunal bizonal federation with political equality, as defined in the UN resolutions with one sovereignty and one international personality.

“For a functional and viable compromise that would live up to the desires and expectations of the island’s citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots… without foreign guardians and guarantors and without the presence of foreign troops,” Christodoulides added. A compromise which would free Cyprus from occupation, ending settlement, reunite the state, the people, the institutions and the economy, and consolidate human rights and basic freedoms of all Cypriots.”

Noting that the government’s efforts for the resumption of negotiations under the UN Secretary-General’s good offices mission are taking place in this context, the Cypriot FM said that “we remain unwaveringly focused on this target until reaching a positive result.”

“The present unacceptable state of affairs cannot constitute the settlement of the Cyprus problem,” Christodoulides stressed.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

Access to Troodos controlled by Police

The Police announced that on the basis of the Health Ministry decrees aiming to contain the outbreak of the pandemic, tomorrow Sunday, access to...

129 new cases, four deaths announced on Saturday

The Health Ministry announced the death of four persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 183,...

Crowding at Troodos; lots of fines by police

Lots of traffic was today seen at Troodos. In order to maintain order but also to monitor that people respected the measures aiming to...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Sunday 24 January

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Sunday, 24 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Parking place Lidl supermarket, Limassol 08:30-16:30 Glafkos Clerides Park, Germasoyia 08:30-16:30 Municipal...

Larry King dies at 87

Larry King dies at 87. Photo taken at his concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on January 25, 2012. (Reuters)

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...