Cyprus – Bulgaria talks pave the way for improved synergies within the EU, President says

The frank and fruitful discussions Cyprus and Bulgaria held were most beneficial and pave the way for enhanced bilateral cooperation, but also for specific ways in which to improve synergies between the two countries within the European Union, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday evening, during a dinner he hosted for the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, who is paying Cyprus an official visit.

According to an announcement issued by the Cyprus Presidency, the President said that the exchange of visits at the highest level reflects the closeness of the relationship between Cyprus and Bulgaria, which is based on shared values and on historical bonds of friendship, both at the government level but also at the people’s level.

As our bilateral relations have been evolving in recent years, President Radev’s visit certainly provides further momentum to our joint commitment to strengthen our ties in an array of fields, including shipping, commerce, energy, education and culture, and to expanding our cooperation even further at the EU level, and in international fora, he added.

President Anastasiades said that undoubtedly the presence in Cyprus of a sizeable and vibrant Bulgarian community, whose invaluable contribution has enriched our country’s society and economy during the last few decades, serves as an additional active link between the two countries.

I would like to assure you, Mr President, that Cyprus and its people will continue to offer the best hospitality to the members of the Bulgarian community, just as the Bulgarian people offered their warm hospitality to thousands of Cypriots during the difficult years that followed the Turkish military invasion of 1974, an act of solidarity for which we are truly grateful, he underlined.

The President expressed Cyprus gratitude for President Radevs interest and strong support to our efforts for achieving the reunification of our country, which must lead to a functional, viable and truly sovereign and independent state.

On his part, President Radev said, among other things, that he is very satisfied from today’s conversation during which they covered a lot of interesting and important topics regarding the bilateral cooperation.

I strongly believe we have a common future and this strong belief comes not only form the political declarations. We will continue to stay together, supporting each other in enforcing stability in our regions, in developing economic and energy projects, as well as projects regarding science, education and culture, he added.

Referring to the Cyprus problem he said that Cyprus can fully count on Bulgaria for working together for achieving a stable and just solution , adding that Bulgaria will continue its consistent and stable position about this issue based on UN resolutions and more importantly for the interests of the people of Cyprus.

He added that what he witnessed today in Cyprus, highly exceeded his expectations with the Cypriots and Bulgarians sharing strong relations together.

Concluding, President Radev said that earlier today he attended a ceremony where a street in the area of Lakatamia was named after the Bulgarian national her Vassil Levski, and thanked the Mayor and the Municipal Council of Lakatamia for this decision.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Efforts under the UN auspices to solve the problem, the latest of which having resulted in a Conference on Cyprus in the Swiss resort Crans – Montana last summer, have not yielded any results yet.

Source: Cyprus News Agency