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PACE President: let’s go from the Cyprus problem to the Cyprus solution

The President of the Cyprus Republic, Nikos Christodoulides, at the Plenary session of the House of Representatives, addressed by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox
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PACE President Tiny Kox, in an address to the Cyprus House of Representatives yesterday, stressed the vital need to find a solution for Cyprus after 50 years of division – and called for a “bi-communal and bi-zonal federation with political equality on the island”, in line with United Nations recommendations, as the only viable solution.

He called on the Turkish authorities “not to push any longer for a so-called two-state solution, which goes against UN resolutions and cannot lead to any viable solution – and therefore also goes against the interest of the Turkish Cypriot community of Cyprus”.

“We must stop talking about the Cyprus problem and start talking about the Cyprus solution.” The Council of Europe – to which Cyprus, Greece and Türkiye belong – could also do more to help, the President said: “Let us use our multilateral structure to contribute to finally find a solution for Cyprus.”

For its part, he added, the Assembly is ready to engage with the Cypriot parliament and government, and make all its resources and expertise available: “We are committed to do whatever we can to help you to overcome this painful, horrible division of your beautiful island. I do believe that another window of opportunity has just opened for this.”

Mr Kox said PACE had “repeatedly proven itself as a unique platform for dialogue where very divergent views can meet and find common ground, and where viable compromises can be reached”. The Assembly includes two representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community, he recalled, forming part of the Cypriot delegation.

 

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides, was present in the House of Representatives to hear the address.

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