Cyprus upgrades its geostrategic role and proceeds with its energy plans President tells Economist Conference

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday that Cyprus upgrades its geostrategic role and proceeds with the implementation of its energy plans smoothly, addressing the 14th Economist Conference taking place on Friday in Nicosia. The President reiterated he was determined to cooperate in a constructive manner with all the parties involved in the Cyprus problem to reach a solution.

Anastasiades analysed the energy strategy of Cyprus and its foreign policy, noting that the Government has strengthened the Republic of Cyprus as an entity at international level and that it has developed a comprehensive strategy both at international and regional level in order to optimally exploit Cyprus’ membership in the EU and its geostrategic role in the region.

The President noted that Cyprus is actively involved in forming EU policies, in particular those concerning the combating of asymmetric threats and the management of humanitarian crises and facilitates its partners to this end, demonstrating its role as a bridge between the EU and the Middle East, while facilitating in a similar way other friendly countries, such as Russia and the US, “always for humanitarian purposes”.

He added that Cyprus has deepened its relations with the UN Security Council members and other countries and has upgraded its historically close relations with all its neighbours. Anastasiades noted that the tripartite cooperation mechanisms of Cyprus and Greece with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, have proved to be particularly successful, with tangible and significant benefits for the participating countries and that European countries and countries of the Arab world have expressed their interest to participate in them.

“The implementation of a multidimensional foreign policy without great fanfare coupled with the countrys dynamic development prospects have contributed to ensuring that Cyprus is now a highly reliable partner, both in the wider region and within the EU, a positive point of reference and a pillar of stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean said Anastasiades, adding that the strengthening of Cyprus’ prestige and the promotion of its geostrategic role allow, despite the challenges, the implementation of its energy plans, in close cooperation with neighbouring countries and with the participation of giant energy companies.

The President noted that Cyprus actively promotes the creation of the Eastern Mediterranean gas corridor, which will further upgrade its geopolitical role and will also contribute substantially to the EUs energy security. The recent signing of the intergovernmental agreement between Cyprus and Egypt on the subsea gas pipeline is a major step towards the creation of that corridor, he added.

Anastasiades referred to other energy projects, such as the East Med gas pipeline, the Euro � Asia Interconnector and the Euro- Africa Interconnector.

“We shall continue exercising the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, as an independent state – member of the European Union, proceeding smoothly with our energy plans for the benefit of all the legal residents of the country, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots the President stressed.

Cyprus, he said, would continue taking initiatives to upgrade its energy partnerships with the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe and, once the Cyprus problem is solved, with Turkey as well.

One of the most important factors that will lead to a further upgrading of the role that Cyprus could play, is undoubtedly the solution of the Cyprus problem”, the President pointed out.

The President reiterated he was determined to work constructively with both the UN Secretary General and our Turkish Cypriot compatriots and the three guarantor powers in order to achieve a solution that gives prospects and future to the people of this country.

He stressed that all the efforts of the Republic of Cyprus focus on the exploitation and the exercise of our sovereign rights, on one hand and on the other hand, as a Greek Cypriot community we make every effort to achieve a sustainable solution, which has to be functional in order to be sustainable. He added that the ideas he submitted to the Turkish Cypriot leader, the political leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations are in line with the above and assured that the people of Cyprus will also be informed.

Source: Cyprus News Agency