Cuba defends right of Cypriots to have a nation without external interference

Cuba will continue to defend the right of Cypriots to have a nation that promotes values of coexistence, integration and work to achieve a future of peace, without external interference and with full respect for their sovereignty and territorial integrity, new Cuban Ambassador to Cyprus Omar Leyva Rafull has said.

Addressing a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday during which he presented Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades with his credentials, he said that Despite the geographical distance between Cuba and Cyprus, our peoples feel very close and there are many reasons that today make it easier for our countries to continue fighting for a more just and equitable world.”

Cyprus, he added, is a country for which we feel great respect and admiration, which we extend to its affable and supportive people.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, Rafull noted that Cuba has firmly defended and will continue to do so as a matter of principle, the right of the Cypriots to have a nation that promotes values of coexistence, integration and work to achieve a future of peace, without external interference and with full respect for their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated UN-led negotiations have not yet yielded any results to reunite the country under a federal roof.

The Cuban Ambassador thanked Cyprus for the unconditional support we have received from the Cypriot people and government in favour of the Resolution that has been requested for 26th consecutive times to end the economic, financial and commercial blockade that the government of the United States of America has applied against Cuba.

Referring to the first agreement on political dialogue and cooperation between Cuba and the EU, he said that we are sure that the Republic of Cyprus will be one of the first members of the European Union to ratify it, in correspondence with the historical ties and solidarity that have existed between our two nations.

On his part President Anastasiades assured the Ambassador that as an EU member state, Cyprus will continue working in a constructive way for strengthening the EU-Cuba relations.

To this end, the Republic of Cyprus has signed, in December 2016, the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation between Cuba and the EU which is currently in the process of ratification, he added.

He also informed the Cuban Ambassador on recent developments concerning the effort to reunify Cyprus and his strong commitment to reach a solution.

I would like to underline once again our unwavering commitment to reunifying Cyprus and its people, and our determination to exert every effort to reach a comprehensive settlement, President Anastasiades stressed.

He reiterated our deep appreciation for the long-standing and strong support of the Republic of Cuba to our continuous efforts to reach a just, viable and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, in line with the relevant UN Council Resolutions, the EU law, values and principles, and the High-Level Agreements between the leaders of the two communities and the Joint Declaration of February 11, 2014.

Referring to the continued efforts by the government to improve Cyprus’ business environment, he noted that Cyprus today continues to be a highly competitive centre for international businesses, offering a platform for operations and preferential access to markets like Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Source: Cyprus News Agency