Anastasiades-UNSG: Turkey needs to commit to Cyprus talks
Turkey needs to make its words into action on the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during their talk on the side-lines of the General Assembly.
Anastasiades said the two focused on other issues at their meeting and not just the Cyprus problem. The two discussed regional issues that the Eastern Mediterranean faces, the humanitarian crisis, and the approved charter for sustainable development.
President Anastasiades also had requested the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-Moon’s assistance and contribution to solving the Cyprus problem.
In statements made after the meeting on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly, Anastasiades said that everyone involved should actively contribute so that a settlement to the Cyprus problem that re-unifies the island can be found as soon as possible. The solution should free the island of occupying-forces, guarantees, and guarantor powers, Anastasiades said.
A solution, the President said which will create prospects, so the future of the state, which will remain an EU member, can meet its obligations towards the Union, and expectations to the state. He added that past mistakes cannot be repeated.
At the same time, Anastasiades said that the Greek Cypriot side cannot commit to timeframes. If there is good will and decisiveness, he added, than there will be progress without timeframes being necessary.
Asked if there is potential for a meeting of the two community leaders in Cyprus with the UN Secretary-General, the President said that no such meeting has been discussed. Asked on the Fund for solution support, Anastasiades said that he had no further information.
He said that attempts are being made on all parts so that there is a possibility to create a state that will be able to meet its financial obligation that will come from a settlement.
The UNSG reaffirmed his strong personal commitment so support Cypriots in this critically important attempt, a statement from the UN said after the assembly.
Anastasiades and Ban Ki-Moon exchanged opinions on the process of the direct talks as well.
Ban Ki-Moon congratulated the President and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on their leadership skills that they have shown to making progress at the Cyprus talks table.
The UNSG welcomed the commitment of the two leaders to work tirelessly to settle the Cyprus problem as soon as possible.
Kerry welcomes the progress made in UN led talks
Earlier, Anastasiades had a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who in turn, “welcomed continued progress under the UN-facilitated process to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, and he reiterated strong U.S. support for the process.”
The announcement from the State Department added that Anastasiades and Kerry discussed bilateral relations on counterterrorism measures and their common regional concerns.
Source: Radio Proto