It is a great privilege to be here today in the beautiful city of Dublin, to share with you this auspicious moment and to convey to you the warmest greetings of the people of Cyprus.
At the outset I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Lord Mayor for organizing this event today, this giving me the opportunity to meet with you all. My visit to Ireland has been an occasion to meet with the highest officials and to strengthen even more our existing friendly relations.
We are truly honored to be on Irish soil, one hundred years on from 1916. In fact, just yesterday we paid tribute to the leaders of the Rising at the Garden of Remembrance.
We know how deeply the affection in Ireland is for these brave men and women.
The Irish and Cypriot people went through parallel struggles in order to gain their independence. They share common principles and values and face the same contemporary challenges. Our cooperation in today’s turbulent times is of a vital importance.
In Cyprus, we are in the process of ongoing negotiations in an effort to solve the long standing Cyprus problem. A viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem, in line with the European Union acquis, values and principles; a solution that would maintain Cyprus’ independent foreign policy; a solution that will safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots.
On this occasion I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all those Irish men and women who served through the years at the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus and to mark the presence of a number of Irish veterans who honor us here today.
Finally, allow me to extend my warmest wishes to President Higgins the Government and the people of Ireland and last but not least to you Lord Mayor, and the citizens of Dublin, and to thank you for the warm and cordial hospitality.
Source: Press and Information Office.