Minister of Interior Socrates Hasikos, read a speech submitted by President Anastasiade at the unveiling of a monument for the Missing Persons in Potamia (a mixed village) .
In the speech he re-iterated that joint action is needed in fact a requirement to help to increase understanding between the two communities in Cyprus and was crucial for a solution to the political issues of Cyprus and the current political process.
I deeply believe that this is achievable, especially for the benefit of all of our people. Because I believe that Cypriots who suffered so much, should finally rediscover the path of peace, co-creation and growth. I am aware of the fact that this route passes through reconciliation, mutual understanding and cooperation
President Anastasiades added that his personal struggle is for a solution that will not only end the 40 year occupation and colonization of Cyprus, but to rid Cyprus of foreign troops and foreign dependencies while restoring and ensuring the human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Cypriots. Adding that this would be a fair solution for both communities living in Cyprus.
Reunification, and safeguarding human rights is our demands for all Cypriots, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, but also for every legitimate Cypriot, wherever they belong, whatever language they speak, whatever religion they believe.
The President called on the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leadership to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation by respecting the commitments agreed upon under the Joint statement which was recently reached by both sides; the only way to work together and end the division of the Cyprus.
He made a point in the speech to say how proud and deeply touched he was for being in the village of Potamia, where :-
the hearts of both, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, beat warmly for Cyprus, for our common country.
For those who don’t know Cyprus has been divided since 1974 (40 years in 2014), as a result of a Turkish invasion and occupation of more than a third of the Northern and most prosperous region of the island.UN-backed talks are now under-way aiming to reunite the island under a federally based system of government.
In February of 2014 , President Anastasiades met with Dervis Eroglu and agreed on a joint statement of seven points , by which was expressed their determination to resume the stalled negotiations, and hoping that this would finally bring results.
The 7 point Joint Declaration delivered on 11 February 2014 are as below:-
- The status quo is unacceptable and its prolongation will have negative consequences for the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The leaders affirmed that a settlement would have a positive impact on the entire region, while first and foremost benefiting Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, respecting democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as each other’s distinct identity and integrity and ensuring their common future in a united Cyprus within the European Union.
- The leaders expressed their determination to resume structured negotiations in a results-oriented manner. All unresolved core issues will be on the table, and will be discussed interdependently. The leaders will aim to reach a settlement as soon as possible, and hold separate simultaneous referenda thereafter.
- The settlement will be based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council Resolutions and the High Level Agreements. The united Cyprus, as a member of the United Nations and of the European Union, shall have a single international legal personality and a single sovereignty, which is defined as the sovereignty which is enjoyed by all member States of the United Nations under the UN Charter and which emanates equally from Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. There will be a single united Cyprus citizenship, regulated by federal law. All citizens of the united Cyprus shall also be citizens of either the Greek-Cypriot constituent state or the Turkish-Cypriot constituent state. This status shall be internal and shall complement, and not substitute in any way, the united Cyprus citizenship.The powers of the federal government, and like matters that are clearly incidental to its specified powers, will be assigned by the constitution. The Federal constitution will also provide for the residual powers to be exercised by the constituent states. The constituent states will exercise fully and irrevocably all their powers, free from encroachment by the federal government. The federal laws will not encroach upon constituent state laws, within the constituent states’ area of competences, and the constituent states’ laws will not encroach upon the federal laws within the federal government’s competences. Any dispute in respect thereof will be adjudicated finally by the Federal Supreme Court. Neither side may claim authority or jurisdiction over the other.
- The united Cyprus federation shall result from the settlement following the settlement’s approval by separate simultaneous referenda. The Federal constitution shall prescribe that the united Cyprus federation shall be composed of two constituent states of equal status. The bi-zonal, bi-communal nature of the federation and the principles upon which the EU is founded will be safeguarded and respected throughout the island. The Federal constitution shall be the supreme law of the land and will be binding on all the federation’s authorities and on the constituent states. Union in whole or in part with any other country or any form of partition or secession or any other unilateral change to the state of affairs will be prohibited.
- The negotiations are based on the principle that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.
- The appointed representatives are fully empowered to discuss any issue at any time and should enjoy parallel access to all stakeholders and interested parties in the process, as needed. The leaders of the two communities will meet as often as needed. They retain the ultimate decision making power. Only an agreement freely reached by the leaders may be put to separate simultaneous referenda. Any kind of arbitration is excluded.
- The sides will seek to create a positive atmosphere to ensure the talks succeed. They commit to avoiding blame games or other negative public comments on the negotiations. They also commit to efforts to implement confidence building measures that will provide a dynamic impetus to the prospect for a united Cyprus.