President Anastasiades has urged the island’s political leadership, the media and civil society to work together to achieve a viable solution that will secure a modern, European state for all the citizens of the country.
The Greek Cypriot President made the statement ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Turkish Cypriot President Eroglu in the United Nations Protected Zone in Nicosia.
Negotiators from both sides have spent the last few months trying to reach an agreement on a joint statement which will precede the Cyprus negotiations. On Friday Presidents Eroglu and Anastasiades said that they had agreed to a draft joint statement.
Meanwhile in Turkey, Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said that this would be the last chance to solve the problem.
Turkey welcomed the draft statement that would kick-start the Cyprus reunification talks on 11th February and expressed hope for a speedy conclusion to negotiations while also warning of the consequences should they fail.
Turkish officials emphasised that this round of talks would be the last chance for a united Cyprus as both parties would have to go their own separate ways should the final agreement be rejected, as occurred in 2004.
“Saying ‘no’ to the agreement will certainly have consequences. In fact, it was the same case in 2004’s rejection of the Annan Plan by the Greek Cypriot side within the framework of self-determination. But we considered that this could have been resolved in the course of EU process,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the A Haber Channel in an interview on 9th February. “Talks cannot and will not last forever,” Davutoglu added, underlining that both sides would go their own ways should the plan be rejected by the Greek Cypriot side.