Cyprus greatly values deep-rooted relations with Russia, President Anastasiades says

Cyprus and Russia share a historic relationship characterized by deep-rooted friendship between our people and mutually beneficial collaborations which we greatly value, in the fields of economy, investment, trade and tourism, President Nicos Anastasiades has said.

Addressing Saturday evening the 13th Cyprus-Russian Festival at the coastal city of Limassol, the President said that the Russian community residing in Cyprus, as well as the Russian Business Community, have been displaying a vote of confidence, trust and faith to Cyprus and its financial and economic system, particularly during the difficult economic times we endured following the Eurogroup Agreement of March 2013.

He pointed out that both sides have reaffirmed that they aim to further deepen the bilateral relations through further solidifying the deep political, cultural and religious links between the two countries and peoples which have proved to be robust both through time and a number of different challenges. Also, he added, through exploring new areas of beneficial cooperation, as well as enhancing existing ones, to the benefit of the countries and peoples and through enhancing the dialogue and understanding on regional matters, with emphasis on the area of the Eastern Mediterranean.

We value immensely this aspect of our relations and the natural affinity shared between Cypriots and Russians, as they constitute a symbolic emblem of our relations which have proven resilient and durable even when tried and tested, he said.

The President also stressed the gratitude of the Government and the people of Cyprus for Russia’s traditional stance as regards the efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the principles that are founded on the respect for international law, the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

I truly wish that prevailing circumstances would have allowed me to concentrate on the progress underway in the negotiating process for reaching a settlement on the Cyprus problem, rather on the causes which led to the failure of the Conference on Cyprus this past July, due to the Turkish insistence on maintaining the anachronistic Treaty of Guarantee, the unilateral right of intervention and a permanent presence of Turkish troops, he added.

The President also reaffirmed that he is deeply and sincerely committed to reaching a viable and lasting settlement that will address the concerns of both communities and of all Cypriots, establishing that the safety of one community would not be at the expense of the safety of the other community and that a reunited Cyprus would be free of any foreign dependencies.

Last July the UN-sponsored talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, failed to bring about the reunification of Cyprus divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The peace talks aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Cyprus greatly values deep-rooted relations with Russia, President Anastasiades says

Cyprus and Russia share a historic relationship characterized by deep-rooted friendship between our people and mutually beneficial collaborations which we greatly value, in the fields of economy, investment, trade and tourism, President Nicos Anastasiades has said.

Addressing Saturday evening the 13th Cyprus-Russian Festival at the coastal city of Limassol, the President said that the Russian community residing in Cyprus, as well as the Russian Business Community, have been displaying a vote of confidence, trust and faith to Cyprus and its financial and economic system, particularly during the difficult economic times we endured following the Eurogroup Agreement of March 2013.

He pointed out that both sides have reaffirmed that they aim to further deepen the bilateral relations through further solidifying the deep political, cultural and religious links between the two countries and peoples which have proved to be robust both through time and a number of different challenges. Also, he added, through exploring new areas of beneficial cooperation, as well as enhancing existing ones, to the benefit of the countries and peoples and through enhancing the dialogue and understanding on regional matters, with emphasis on the area of the Eastern Mediterranean.

We value immensely this aspect of our relations and the natural affinity shared between Cypriots and Russians, as they constitute a symbolic emblem of our relations which have proven resilient and durable even when tried and tested, he said.

The President also stressed the gratitude of the Government and the people of Cyprus for Russia’s traditional stance as regards the efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the principles that are founded on the respect for international law, the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

I truly wish that prevailing circumstances would have allowed me to concentrate on the progress underway in the negotiating process for reaching a settlement on the Cyprus problem, rather on the causes which led to the failure of the Conference on Cyprus this past July, due to the Turkish insistence on maintaining the anachronistic Treaty of Guarantee, the unilateral right of intervention and a permanent presence of Turkish troops, he added.

The President also reaffirmed that he is deeply and sincerely committed to reaching a viable and lasting settlement that will address the concerns of both communities and of all Cypriots, establishing that the safety of one community would not be at the expense of the safety of the other community and that a reunited Cyprus would be free of any foreign dependencies.

Last July the UN-sponsored talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, failed to bring about the reunification of Cyprus divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The peace talks aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency