Division must not become permanent
Greek Cypriot president says
Introductory comment by Ralph Kratzer
What kind of game is being played here? While the Foreign Minister of Northern Cyprus, Özdil Nami, announced in a TV interview that the current peace talks have “collapsed” (click here!) and I parallely read in the German newspaper “Badische Zeitung” that many Greek Cypriots feel little desire for a reunification under the condition of a federation with two autonomous states (quote : … for [Greek Cypriot] Stelios Hadjiyianis, student of political science, only “all or nothing” comes into question: either the restoration of conditions before the  “invasion” or the continuation of the division of the island between Turks and Greeks …. the current standstill of talks after a hopeful beginning is not a cause of concern for many Greek Cypriots. “Honestly, I’m even happy,” says political science student Stelios, he can not imagine a living together with Turks in the same state: “once they are there, they will roll over us Greeks…”), the Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades proclaimed, he could not imagine a permanent separation of the island!
May every reader form his/her own opinion!
Note: Terms such as “Turkish invasion” and “occupied areas” are Greek Cypriot nomenclature, more correctly is “Turkish peace intervention” and “Northern Cyprus or TRNC”.
And this is the concerning article in the Greek Cypriot “Cyprus Mail”:
TC president Eroglu and Anastasiades
The island’s current division must not be allowed to become permanent, Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the [by Greek Cypriots called] “Turkish invasion”.
He also said that the tragedy of the “invasion” must not be allowed to run full circle.
In a statement to Cyprus News Agency, Anastasiades expressed the belief that current conditions allow a win-win solution of the Cyprus problem, provided the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey understand this.
He noted that a solution that will safeguard the rights of Greek Cypriots, without denying the rights of Turkish Cypriots, was feasible.
And a solution would have political, social, and financial benefits.
“With the Cyprus problem solved, there will be more opportunities to exploit the hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean and create conditions of reconciliation between Greece and Turkey,” he said.
“At the same time the solution will help consolidate a sentiment of stability and bring significant investments to the benefit of all the legal inhabitants of the country.”
Anastasiades added that the future of the country and its children would be brighter and more hopeful if the obstacles were overcome and the dividing lines were abolished through a federal Cyprus, in which the EU acquis communautaire would be applicable from Paphos to Karpasia and from Limassol to Kyrenia…..
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