Nikos Christodoulides, an independent candidate for the presidency of the Republic, has published his positions on the Cyprus problem under the title "For a United Cyprus" today.
Nikos Christodoulides stressed in the seven-page text of his proposals on the Cyprus problem that the status quo is unacceptable and not only exacerbates the fait accompli but also creates new ones, which he has set from the first day of his assumption of power.
In this regard, Nikos Christodoulides proposes that the EU play an active, leading role, always within the framework of the UN, and that Euro-Turkish relations and aspirations be inextricably linked to the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
To this end, a major diplomatic effort will be undertaken to ensure that a political decision is taken by the European Council to appoint a strong political figure with a specific mandate to break the deadlock, start negotiations and find a solution.
Nikos Christodoulides' clear goal is a solution based on a bizonal bicommunal federal state, a normal, democratic state within the EU, free of occupation troops, foreign guarantees, and invasive rights, restoring the unity of our homeland, its territory, people, and ties. A state that respects and protects its citizens' human rights and security, including Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians, and Latins.
At the same time, it is emphasized that the solution must ensure the four fundamental freedoms of the EU for all Cypriots in a united state that is functional in its institutions and viable politically, economically, socially, and demographically.
The central government of a united Cyprus must ensure Cyprus's strong presence in Europe and the world through a single international personality, sovereignty, and citizenship.
Given the foregoing, Mr. Christodoulides' primary goal and top priority is the resumption of substantive negotiations aimed at resolving the Cyprus problem. When the talks resume, the framework for negotiations will be the UN resolutions, the High-Level Agreements, and the European acquis. Given that what the UN Secretary-General has put on the table remains, the Guterres framework, with its advantages and disadvantages, will be included in the negotiating framework.
The relevant UN resolutions and EU decisions in relation to the illegal Turkish actions in Famagusta are also critical in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem. Nicos Christodoulides will step up efforts to thwart Turkish plans in this context.
Nikos Christodoulides' program includes a special chapter on the humanitarian problem of missing persons, as well as a special chapter with proposals for a coherent state policy for Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriot community, in order to prevent the alienation of Greek and Turkish Cypriots.