There is no case for an interim agreement to the Cyprus problem, the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, repeated Friday.
In his remarks to reporters, following his return to the Presidential Palace from the site of the talks on the Cyprus problem, the President of the Republic said that, today, he and Mustafa Akıncı, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, discussed issues concerning competencies of the central government, of the constituent states, but also the responsibility that the state will have toward international obligations, so that there will be an oversight for the implementation of the obligations of the federal Republic of Cyprus.
As the President said, on most of the competencies of the central government there is convergence. He noted that “there are some outstanding differences about three or four issues, the distance is not great, as also in the case of the state responsibilities of the central state, so that there will be an adequate oversight of the implementation of our obligations as a state. I ought to say that some views, some thoughts, some concerns were submitted which allow, I believe, through further deliberation that was assigned to the interlocutors, to lead us toward convergences eventually.”
Asked whether the rotating presidency will be discussed in October, the President responded positively.
In response to another question, President Anastasiades said that there is no chance for an interim solution, because interim solutions violate the rule “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” which is one of the advantages of the joint statement of February 11, 2014.
“What will be presented to the people of Cyprus will be a comprehensive proposal with a constitution, with the constitution of the federal government, with the constitutions of the federated states, with the agreement which will be depicting the convergences, but also with everything that will constitute annexes. Let me make it clear: the people will be presented with a complete agreement which will not omit anything from all that constitute the component parts of the solution,” he said.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in peace talks under the UN aegis with the aim to reunite Cyprus under a federal roof. The island has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.