President Anastasiades has said that the EU must be substantially involved in the solution to the Cyprus problem since Cyprus is a member of the EU. He also pointed to Turkey, saying that it must be accountable for any proposal it submits to the framework of solving the Cyprus problem
The president was speaking at an unveiling of a statue commemorating those who died during the 1974 Turkish peace mission.
“Any new process will remain under the auspices of the UN and will aim at finding a solution based on the High Level Agreements, the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, the July 8 Agreement and the unanimous decisions of the National Council”.
“An assertive policy is absolutely necessary, as is the support and outside help to persuade Turkey to abide by the international law and the acquis communautaire”, Anastasiades said.
He added that it is important that the negotiations are well prepared and create the conditions for a positive result.
The president said that the National Council “will play a crucial role in drafting a comprehensive outline of a solution”.
“The Government and I personally believe that the Cyprus problem was and remains the greatest national challenge, despite difficult economic conditions our homeland is experiencing nowadays” he noted.