Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said that it is everyone`s responsibility to comply with society`s demand for unity in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem.
Addressing a commemorative service for all those who fell during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island 41 years ago and all those who are still missing, he said the slogan “I will not forget” is the strongest incentive for everyone to learn a lesson from past mistakes, try and heal wounds, work together with unity, committed to democratic and European principles for the country`s and the people`s reunification, to end the Turkish occupation and the unacceptable de facto situation on the island.
Unity, Christodoulides stressed, is not just the means but a fundamental prerequisite for reunification. He warned against polarisation and political division which would serve only as a hindrance in the effort for reunification.
He reiterated Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades` determination and commitment to finding an agreement aiming at a reunified Cyprus which will be safe for all its citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
Referring to the ongoing resumed UN – backed talks between President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the government spokesman said that it is still at an initial phase.
Perhaps for the first time, he added, all issues are on the table and are being discussed interdependently, as provided for in the joint statement of February 11, 2014.
He expressed cautious optimism with regard to the process, acknowledging at the same time that there are difficulties and challenges ahead.
Everything will depend on the good will of all parties involved and especially Ankara, he stressed.
Turkey, Christodoulides said, will have to prove in practice that it can turn from being the source of the division which it maintains to supporting the solution and stability on the island.
Recalling that the Republic of Cyprus and all its legitimate citizens Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots belong to Europe, he highlighted the fact that Europe can but constitute a compass for the efforts to find a solution.
President Anastasiades and the new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed in May UN – backed talks aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof.