House Speaker pleads for EU’s active role in Cyprus' talks
House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou has stressed that it is inconceivable a settlement of the Cyprus problem to provide for permanent derogations from the acquis communautaire and primary EU law, calling Cyprus President Nicos Anastsasiades to put this at the top of the UN-led negotiation agenda, which resumed in May 2015.
Omirou also said that the EU must undertake its responsibilities vis-a-vis the military occupation of one of its member states by a country which aspires to join the European family. “The EU has a fundamental obligation to actively contribute to efforts for a settlement, which will not only be functional and viable but also fully compliant with the principles, values and regulations of Europe,” he noted.
Speaking at the annual memorial service for those who lost their lives defending democracy in Cyprus and fighting for the country`s freedom, Omirou said that the selection of Mustafa Akinci as the new Turkish Cypriot leader has created hopes and expectations, given his long-lasting positions in favour of a settlement, however this is not enough as Ankara holds the key for a solution.
He stressed that “Turkey must decide whether it will continue its offensive and expansionist policy or if it will at last get used to the idea of a settlement that will restore security and stability conditions in the Mediterranean region, and will also lift obstacles for the fulfillment of her European aspirations.”
Omirou stressed that Cyprus political leadership should take action in the international arena and the EU with a view to ensure that the necessary pressure and influence will be exerted on Turkey. He also underlined the need to secure that no guarantor rights over Cyprus will be given to other countries, noting that “the participation of the UN and the EU constitutes an effective guarantee framework.”
Omirou said that in this crucial phase as regards the Cyprus problem, political parties must be united and recalled that the form and content of a Cyprus settlement have been determined with the unanimous decision of the National Council taken in September 2009.
He stressed the need to make use of the new geo-strategic, geopolitical and geo-economic situation in the region with a view to reach a settlement that will “once and for all terminate the sufferings of our people and create the preconditions for the harmonious co-existence of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in a common homeland,” adding that this will pave the way for stability and peace, restore justice and normality in Cyprus and the region.