Turkey is accountable for the Cyprob: Photiou

The South Cyprus government is preparing the basis on which the upcoming peace talk will be launched and is making moves to reveal its real intentions and its willingness to take bold steps, South Cyprus Defence Minister Photis Photiou has said.

Speaking during a commemoration ceremony of two members of EOKA who died during the 1955-1959 conflict with British colonial rule, Photiou noted Cyprus’ stabilising role in the region and the Government’s strategy aiming to hold Turkey accountable for the Cyprus problem.

The defence minister sent the message that “although we are willing to hold substantive talks as soon as possible, we will not accept strict time frames or deviate from our principles, which will be set as our side’s red lines, because we believe in a viable solution, which will provide safety to our people and prospects for prosperity to future generations and because we believe in the continuity of the Republic, which must be preserved,” Photiou concluded.

President Eroglu recently held a press conference after what he described as a ‘fruitful meeting’ with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

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