President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has said that his most important political aim has always been, and will continue to be, to reach a viable, functional and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.
Accepting the credentials of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Paris, Dr Widhya Chem during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, President Anastasiades further said that the present status quo is not a sustainable option.
Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Chem, speaking in English, said the two countries have enjoyed close, excellent relations and reaffirmed the position of the Royal Government of Cambodia that his country extends its steadfast support to the Cypriot Government in its ongoing efforts for the resumption of the negotiating process between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, under the Good Office Mission of the UN Secretary General, for a just, comprehensive and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, taking in consideration the relevant United Nations Resolutions Security Council based on international law.
He remarked that Cambodia bears in mind the indispensable role of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in ensuring peace and stability in line with the United Nations purposes and principles as enshrined in the UN Charter.
We highly commend the efforts of your Presidency and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to reach a solution that will reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation as the safeguard Cypruss independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Receiving the credentials, the President of the Republic said Cyprus and Cambodia have developed ties of friendship and cooperation, enhanced by common historical experiences and based on mutual understanding and respect.
His Government, he said, looks forward to working closely with you in building upon these foundations, with a view to furthering our mutually beneficial cooperation in a number of fields, such as those of trade, economy and shipping. We also express the readiness to promote academic exchanges and people-to-people contacts encouraging common synergies in the fields of education and culture.
He further said that the government remains committed to supporting Cambodia in its efforts to build a bright future for its population and to play an active role on the regional and international stages.
Referring to the Cyprus issue, he said that he has 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 said our side submitted comprehensive written proposals for each and every one of the SG’s six-point framework, including on a new security architecture that would replace anachronisms and the strategic aspirations of third countries against Cyprus.
As regards the current stay of play, the Special Envoy appointed by the UN Secretary-General, Jane Holl Lute, has held four separate meetings with all parties involved with the aim of agreeing on the Terms of Reference as to the methodology of a new negotiating process.
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 further said.
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.
Regarding the economy, President Anastasiades said that 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 positive course of the Cypriot economy, as well as effective actions in the banking sector have strengthened the confidence of investors and of International Credit Rating Agencies, which is reflected by a number of successive upgrades, currently classifying Cyprus at the investment grade.
Even though Cyprus has yet to reach its full potential in terms of economic growth, the President noted, 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.
He pledged the government’s 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.
Source: Cyprus News Agency