Mauritania expresses support to UN efforts to a Cyprus settlement

The Government of Mauritania supports the efforts of the United Nations to find a settlement in Cyprus that will satisfy all the parties, the countrys Ambassador to Cyprus, stationed in Rome, Hamed Sidi Mohamed said on Tuesday, presenting his credentials to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, during a formal ceremony held at the Presidential Palace.

On his part, Anastasiades assured of his determination to work tirelessly to reach a comprehensive settlement that will finally reunify our island after 44 years of division, ensuring conditions of safety for the future generations of Greek and Turkish Cypriots, without any third country military troops or guarantees.

“A settlement that will satisfy the genuine desire of our people, especially of the younger generations, to live together and peacefully co-exist, collaborate and prosper in a European country which fully respects their fundamental human rights and freedoms,” he noted.

Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Hamed Sidi Mohamed, also said, speaking in French, that Cyprus and Mauritania have a joint interest in working together to promote a culture that will pave the way for economic development, dialogue and peace.

He expressed his readiness to work towards exploring and developing projects in the framework of the bilateral and international cooperation in a way that will be beneficial for both countries.

On his part, Anastasiades said that Cyprus and Mauritania enjoy long-standing cordial bilateral relations, underpinned by mutual respect. ?y Government looks forward to working closely with you to developing the ties between our two countries and peoples and in exploring new avenues of cooperation, both at the bilateral and multilateral levels, he added.

He said that the Republic of Cyprus appreciates Mauritania’s support to our efforts to solve the Cyprus problem. We continue to ask of you to follow your principled position based on international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions on Cyprus, Anastasiades said.

He stressed that his top priority remains none other than addressing the unacceptable current state of affairs with the continuing Turkish occupation of 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, since there is no doubt that lasting peace and stability can only be achieved through the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

“To this end, on numerous occasions, I reiterated in the clearest terms to the UN Secretary-General, our partners in the EU, the Permanent and non-Permanent Members of the Security Council and the international community in general, that I remain strongly committed to resuming the negotiating process,” he noted.

Anastasiades said that “what is of course required is to create those necessary conditions that will allow the dialogue to resume on the basis of good will and constructive stance from all stakeholders, particularly by the Turkish side, in order to safeguard the positive outcome of the negotiations.”

“My most important political aim has always been, and will continue to be, to reach a viable, functional and comprehensive settlement, one that will safeguard an independent foreign policy, committed to European democratic values. The present status quo is not a sustainable option,” the President stressed.

“It is for this reason that, in response to the encouragement from the Secretary-General for any new input that could prove useful in bringing the sides closer, I proposed that we discuss the decentralization of the exercise of powers, beyond those safeguarding the union and cohesion of the Federal State and functionality of the government, aiming towards a more effective decision-making process, in line with the non-encroachment and subsidiarity principles,” he noted.

Anastasiades said that this would allow us to present a more viable and functional settlement, since on the one hand it would help minimize the disruption in the daily lives of the citizens of both communities and on the other hand it would lead to solving the contested issue of effective participation and the insistence for a Turkish Cypriot positive vote in any federal institution / body / organ.

He expressed hope “that both our Turkish Cypriots compatriots and Turkey will respond positively to the new prospect that is unfolding again upon us, taking into account, in a comprehensive manner and without being selective, the provisions set by the Secretary-General at the Conference in Crans-Montana.”

“At the same time, it is fundamental, for them to not insist on provisions which would adversely affect the sovereignty and independence of a united Cyprus and would establish a dysfunctional federal state,” he noted.

As regards the economy, he said that following the severe economic crisis of 2013, Cyprus has achieved a return to positive growth rates since 2015.

It is not an exaggeration to say that what has been achieved in a period of just a few years, is nothing short of a remarkable recovery, confirming the resilience and strong foundations of Cyprus’ economy and the excellent prospects of its key productive sectors. We currently enjoy a growth rate of around 3.8%, one of the highest in the EU, while macroeconomic forecasts project a robust growth of more than 3% in the years to come, the President said.

He went on to say that “even though Cyprus has yet to reach its full potential in terms of economic growth, I strongly believe that, as a result of the strong commitment and the joint efforts of the private and public sector alike, we are on the right track.”

“Our plan is to remain focused on maintaining and broadening the conditions under which surpluses and high growth rates can be generated, to continue promoting structural reforms and improving the country’s business environment,” the President concluded.

Source: Cyprus News Agency