Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides was on Tuesday quick to give reassurances “The Treaty Concerning the Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus will remain in force after a solution”.
The comments came after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said it would not be the Republic of Cyprus but a newly created federal Cyprus that will sign off on new conditions on the island after the guarantor powers reach the Cyprus solution negotiating table in Geneva next month.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Christodoulides said that what would occur (after a solution) was the evolution of the internal structure of the Republic of Cyprus into a federal state and that the Republic of Cyprus could not be absent from the Geneva convention.
He said the issue was clear and something that would be safeguarded through very specific aspects of the solution.
Christodoulides also said: “If we all want a result we have to support the presence of the five permanent members of the Security Council and the EU”.
Briefing Turkish Cypriot reporters on Monday, Akinci had also said “no one (apart from the three guarantor powers of Greece, Turkey and the UK) will be around the table” after January 12.
Christidoulides on Tuesday said the above would be discussed by the negotiators.
President Nicos Anastasiades and Akinci will meet in Geneva next month.
During their days in Geneva, they will compare maps on January 11 regarding on the issue of territorial adjustments in a possible reunification of the divided island.
The two leaders will then hold a conference on Cyprus with the participation of guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and Britain on January 12.