No return to talks under pressure: Anastasiades

Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades made it clear to all concerned that he was “not willing to accept any pressure to return to a dialogue under threat or blackmail so that a solution which is dictated by military power can be imposed”, ‘Famagusta Gazette’ reports.

Despite Ankara having promised many times to powerful strategic partners that it would contribute positively to the effort for reunification of the island, a few days ahead of the next round of concrete talks it chose to reconfirm its intransigence with military operations which violate the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign rights at sea, he pointed out.

At the same time he reconfirmed his sincere will and determination to work tirelessly so that Cyprus can become a modern European state, a state of peace and prosperity.

With reference to the hydrocarbons issue, he stressed that it belongs to the state and that after a solution is found the benefits will be enjoyed by all the legal residents of the country.

He added that it was obvious that Turkey was flexing its military muscle and violating maritime areas under the guise of representing the Turkish Cypriots. The only effect being to undermine the prospects of negotiating a solution and of exploiting incentives offered by natural resources.

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