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Anastasiades Says Unity Talks Won’t Cede Cyprus’ Sovereignty

Αssociated Press

FILE -Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, looks on during his meeting with Maharashtra state Governor Vidyasagar Rao at the Governor's residence in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

NICOSIA - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said at the resumption of unity talks with Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that he won’t give up sovereign rights.

Acting Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said, in a written statement, that Anastasiades, on his return from Brussels, said Turkey’s request for a conference in Geneva to discuss Cyprus’ push for energy drilling off the island depends on whether there is progress in negotiations to unify the island, which has evaded a host of diplomats, envoys, politicians and power brokers since Turkey’s unlawful invasion in 1974.

Papadopoulos said Cyprus is going ahead with its plans to find oil or gas off the island even as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wants a share and is set to send in a research vessel again, as he did before, to join the hunt even in Cypriot sovereign waters.

Anastasiades repeated that he will not stop negotiating to find a solution but won’t back down to Turkish demands, the Cyprus News Agency reported.