DISI President Dimitriu: We Believe in Peace and We Need to Invest in It
DISI President Annita Dimitriu, in a meeting with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) delegation chaired by Tufan Erhürman at the DISI headquarters yesterday, reiterated that the future of Cyprus is not based on division and a solution based on two states.
According to Alithia newspaper, in her statements after the meeting held at the DISI office, Dimitriu said that they will not get tired of reiterating that the future of Cyprus is not based on division and a solution based on two states. Dimitriu stressed that efforts should be focused on overcoming the deadlock in the Cyprus problem and resuming dialogue on the basis of the agreed framework. She stated that the issue of appointing a special representative is a decisive step, and that there is a need for pressure to be exerted for negotiations to resume where they left off on the basis of a federation based on political equality, to establish trust, and to reach concrete initiatives in the coming period.
Dimitriu expressed her satisfaction with the collective decision of the CTP President and delegation to meet with DISI for the appointment of a special representative. She said that they share the same principles and values and that, as political parties, they have an additional responsibility to take the initiative to establish trust. Dimitriu also stated that they exchanged views on the concerns of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots during the meeting.
Dimitriu said that the people of Cyprus have the right to peace and prosperity within a peaceful and sustainable solution, which should also serve as a stabilizing and security factor in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. In other words, she stated that they believe in peace and need to invest in it.
Answering a question, Dimitriu said that she thinks that CTP should appoint a special representative, but that this depends on how Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar will react. Dimitriu said that the Cyprus problem must be solved, and that each side must take its own initiatives. She also stressed that the special representative will play a special role.
Dimitriu said that it should be realized that there is no more time to lose after the events and fait accompli that have taken place. She also stated that there should have been movement to resume the negotiations where they left off under the Guterres framework.
Asked what the Special Representative will do, Dimitriu said, "We will see", while also emphasizing that it is important for the UN to authorize the Special Representative, including the negotiations to resume where they left off. Dimitriu said that this is also the position of Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides.