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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-09-19

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias assured on Friday that ``with confidence and a shield of principles and values of international law and human rights, we will give the last of our resources for final justification and the materialisation of our vision, a reunited Cyprus, in which Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will be masters of their homeland and will be able to build their peaceful future.``

    Speaking at an anti-occupation event organised by the municipality of Famagusta, which has been fenced off since the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the island`s northern third, President Christofias said he was attending direct talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat ``with good will and the political sincerity necessary for a dignified and viable compromise.``

    ``With the necessary flexibility and good will we will exhaust every margin of our resources and potential in order to keep hope alive and achieve the successful outcome of the talks. However, at the same time we strongly reiterate that we remain constant and focused on the basis and the principles of a Cyprus settlement,`` he added.

    President Christofias said that in this effort ``we expect all to act in the same spirit of good will and compromise, and we credit the Turkish Cypriot side with good will and hope that it is attending with political will, so that the talks have a positive outcome.``

    He noted that Turkey has an important role to play and said ``we expect the international community to act with determination and exert its influence`` on Ankara.

    Referring to Famagusta, he said ``Turkey continues to hold it hostage and use it as a negotiating card in efforts to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem,`` totally ignoring its obligations emanating from high level agreements and UN resolutions.

    President Christofias assured that ``we will never stop having the issue of the return of Famagusta high in our priorities,`` noting that ``at the right time it will be raised at the negotiating table and we expect the Turkish Cypriot side to see it positively, as a gesture of good intention and a confidence building measure.``

    ``We insist that the solution must come from the Cypriot for the Cypriots. We seek, along with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots, to determine the future of our homeland and reach a solution that will serve the interests of the Cypriots and not third parties,`` he pointed out.

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