Cypriots have the right to determine their own fate in an independent state, President says

Cypriots have the right to determine their own fate in an independent state, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said, adding that the homeland to be passed on to the next generation should have sound foundations, guaranteeing a secure future in a prosperous country with a European idendity.

Speaking at a lunch he hosted at the Presidential Palace, with his wife, Andri Anastasiades, in honour of the Cyprus Children’s Fund, President Anastasiades said that in order to achieve this, the Cyprus problem must be solved.

Over the next few days, a new effort by the UN Secretary General will culminate, with the visit to Cyprus of his envoy, Jane Holl Lute, the President said, adding that he had assured UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his associates that he was ready to continue the effort, to determine the terms of reference that are a precondition for the creation of possibilities for an effective dialogue.

In this respect, he said, the preparation requested by the UN Secretary General is a crucial part of the developments to come.

We have every right, as Cypriot citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to determine our own fate in an independent, sovereign state, fully harmonised with the EU principles, with the protection of all the citizens, he pointed out.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency