‘Solution will benefit both sides’
“On the contrary, a clear solution with a vision would allow Cyprus to undertake and develop its own independent role for the EU and its neighbours with the relevant rewards,” Photiades said, adding that the recent finds of hydrocarbons could transform it into one of the richest nations in the world, with some benefits even trickling back to the two guarantor powers, Greece and Turkey, instead of burdening them, as is the case today.
However, he warned that the two leaders, as well as the Turkish Cypriots in general, “who are also victims of the Turkish occupation”, should not disregard some historical facts, such as the Nihat Erim plan devised in the 1950s for the complete occupation of the island, which constitute the pillars of Turkish policy on the Cyprus issue.
“These reports continue to be the basis of Ahmet Davutoglu’s dogma, as appears with fanaticism in the ‘deep state’. For a proper solution to the Cyprus problem to get underway, Turkey must unequivocally declare that it has abandoned its ambitions and withdraw its troops and settlers,” Photiades said. He added that the occasional talk among Turkey’s leaders for a quick solution, even within 2015, is not accompanied by any specific commitment for any withdrawal, which suggests that Turkey wants a solution based on its own terms.
“This is a golden opportunity that should not be lost by the two community leaders. A solution should ensure full independence and long-term security. This is the only way that all the residents of this island will eventually enjoy growth and prosperity,” Photiades concluded.