There can be no solution to the Cyprus problem without the return of the “Turkish occupied town” of Morphou/Guzelyurt and the President of the Republic [South] will not agree to such a solution, [South Cyprus] Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos has said, ‘Famagusta Gazette’ reports.
Papadopoulos on Wednesday received a delegation of the “occupied” Municipality headed by the “Mayor” Charalambos Pittas, who handed over a petition on the occasion of forty years since the “occupation of Morphou”, on the north-western coast, by Turkish forces.
Acting Government Spokesman said that President Nicos Anastasiades’ two main priorities since he assumed office are solving the Cyprus problem and rising from the economic crisis.
Anastasiades, he noted, has many times pledged that he will fight with all his might for a just and viable solution that will safeguard the rights of the Greek Cypriots without at the same time ignoring the rights of any other group on the island.
Expressing satisfaction with the statements, he said that over years of negotiations the return of Morphou/Guzelyurt to its legitimate inhabitants was either on or off the negotiating table, adding that the Turkish side “provocatively” says that the town will not be returned.
The petition was handed to the Embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which are asked to work for the solution and exert pressure on Turkey.
Pittas also said that the Cyprus problem is at a very critical point and near an impasse, pointing out that if the other side does not change its stance at the talks, there can be no settlement.