A solution to the Cyprus problem must lead to a truly independent and sovereign state, free from any dependence on a third country, troops and guarantees, a modern EU Member State, in accordance with international and European law, that will create real prospects for peaceful coexistence of all its citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, said the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, accepting on Tuesday the credentials of the new Czech Ambassador to Cyprus, Vladimir Nemets.
The President of the Republic reiterated his readiness to participate in the informal 5 + 1 press conference that the UN Secretary General intends to convene, and stressed that “the form of solution we envision is nothing more than the establishment of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, according to with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the values and principles on which the EU is based “.
He also stressed that the EU's participation in the Cyprus process is crucial, as Cyprus is an EU member state and there is a need for a solution to ensure a functioning state within the EU institutions. “This is something of the utmost importance, given the “The EU's important role in ensuring the smooth and safe implementation of the provisions of a solution, together with the UN,” he said.
He pointed out that “at this critical juncture, we have conveyed to the UN Secretary-General – whose efforts I strongly support – that the framework for the resumption of talks must be based on the existing workload, the mutual understanding reached between the leaders of the two communities.” and the UN Secretary General in November 2019 in Berlin, the Joint Declaration of February 2014 and the six-point framework of Mr. Guterres presented at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana “.
For his part, presenting his credentials, Ambassador Nemets referred to the excellent Cyprus-Czech Republic relations, noting that the two countries share common values, strengthened by their common capacity as EU Member States and a number of international organizations, including those for human rights.
“These values and their respect must be the firm and indisputable basis for a just solution to the Cyprus problem. “My country considers it important that a comprehensive, lasting and just solution can be reached, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions and in accordance with these values and international law.”
Ambassador Nemets also mentioned that his country exports medical products to Cyprus, among others, and that a number of Cypriot businessmen are active in the Czech Republic in the field of medical care. He added that in times of pandemic this cooperation is very important “and I will fully support it, as well as economic and trade cooperation between our countries”.
In addition, he expressed the belief that Czech tourists will be the first to return to Cyprus after the pandemic.
Accepting the credentials, President Anastasiadis said, among other things, that “Cyprus and the Czech Republic have maintained over the years excellent bilateral relations based on mutual understanding and common values”, and expressed confidence that relations between the two countries will continue to expand and their cooperation will be extended in the coming years to the common interest of their peoples.
Referring to the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, the President of the Republic said that it remains important for those involved to work constructively to create conditions that will contribute to the implementation of substantive negotiations in order to ensure the prospects for a positive outcome.
He stressed that it is impossible for anyone to expect these conditions to be met if either side supports solutions outside the established UN framework, or if Turkey or the Turkish Cypriot side go ahead with their plans to fully open the closed area of Varosia, violating international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, or continue their illegal activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
He expressed the hope that Turkey would eventually comply with the principles of international law, ending its illegal actions on the land and sea of the Republic of Cyprus, in order to avoid a new catastrophic impasse.
He also expressed deep appreciation for the attitude of the Czech authorities in the Cyprus issue, and its consistent support in the efforts to find a lasting and comprehensive settlement.
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