Cyprus President Anastasiades reaffirms dedication of the island to UN principles and values

President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiadis, reaffirmed the respect, dedication and importance that the Republic of Cyprus attaches to the functioning of the United Nations and the principles and values it embodies.

In his address at an event at the Presidential Palace to mark the UN International Day, read by Deputy Minister Vasilis Palmas, the President said that the United Nations is an organization formed as the result of collective awareness and the common will of nations, following the devastation of World War II. Seventy-four years on, it remains dedicated to the purposes of its creation”, he said.

He noted, however, that in an ever-changing international environment with different geopolitical facts than before, we are faced with emerging problems and challenges on a daily basis.

The most alarming result of these geopolitical changes, is the forcible displacement of millions of people, with unprecedented waves of refugees and migratory flows.

Cyprus, he added, fervently supports the ambitious vision and reform priorities of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

President Anastasiadis said that what is important is the evolution and upgrading of its operations in order to respond more effectively to its mission.

Referring to peace and security, President Anastasiades said that given the illegal occupation and presence of the Turkish army in Cyprus since 1974, “we express our appreciation and gratitude (to the UN) and I would like to emphasize the special contribution of the United Nations through its Peacekeeping Forces in Cyprus with regard to the supervision and enforcement of the rule of law on our island “.

At the same time, its involvement during the last decades in the Cyprus problem, underlines the international dimension of the problem and averts any effort by the Turkish side to downgrade the problem to a bicommunal dispute, the President remarked.

He further added “we fully support the UNSG’s efforts to end the unacceptable current situation, reunification of our country and the withdrawal of occupation forces.

President Anastasiades recalled the recent effort by the UN to revive the stalled Cyprus peace talks during the tripartite meeting in Berlin, where Guterres met with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

We are convinced that through the UNSG’s services and the necessary constructive stance of the two sides, it is possible to reach a viable, fair and functional solution that will be fully aligned with the values and principles of the UN charter, the acquis Communautaire and completely compatible with our status as EU member states and will function for the benefit of all the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”, the President said.

Anastasiades assured of our strong will and that we will do our utmost to work hard in this direction so that we can provide all Cypriots with a peaceful future.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency