Efforts to promote a solution to the Cyprus problem could be enhanced with an improvement in Greek-Turkish relations, South Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
In an interview with the Greek newspaper ‘Ethnos’, he emphasised that sufficient preparation by all sides was essential before convening a new Conference on Cyprus, to avoid another impasse, .
Anastasiades also stressed that Turkey’s stance, particularly on the issues of security and guarantees, plays a key role in the progress of negotiations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to pay an official visit to Greece in early December, which might help improve Greek-Turkish relations, Anastasiades said. “I hope and expect that one of the principal goals of President Erdogan’s visit to Greece is the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations, the full settlement of which permeates the solution of the Cyprus problem”, he said.
“A necessary condition for this development is that Turkey changes its positions towards the Cyprus problem, especially on the issues of safety and guarantees”, he added.
“Until the last day of my term of office as President, I am willing and determined to take the boldest decisions and initiatives for the unacceptable status quo in Cyprus and the island’s division to come to an end. I only hope that Turkey shows responsiveness to these efforts”, Anastasiades stressed.