President Anastasiades takes the oath before the House plenary

_: President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades took the oath of office before the Plenary of the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning.

The President presented the program of his governments five-year-term in office, and referred to the Cyprus problem and the governments foreign policy. Anastasiades was re-elected during the second round of the Presidential Elections on February 4, backed by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, as he secured 215,281 votes or 55.99% of the votes.

Anastasiades pledged that he will continue his efforts for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem. As regards the energy strategy of the government , the President said that it will continue despite the Turkish provocations.

President Anastasiades also referred to the policies he will introduce on the internal governance.

House President Dimitris Syllouris welcomed President Anastasiades at the Parliament saying that his election for second term is an acknowledgment of his long-standing and positive service to his country. He assured that there will be a constructive cooperation and collaboration between the Parliament and the Presidency.

Syllouris also referred to the Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, pointing out that we need to have consensus and stay united in order to safeguard the rights of all Cypriots.

Meanwhile, President Anastasiades reassured the President of the House of Representatives of the continuation of the excellent cooperation with the Parliament.

The President, who held a short meeting with Syllouris in his office at the Parliament before his swearing-in ceremony, told Syllouris that “our cooperation will continue to be excellent”, adding that this is the message he wants to convey today.

Syllouris congratulated President Anastasiades, and expressed his graditute to the outgoing Director General of the House of Representatives, Vasiliki Anastasiadou, who will assume her duties as new Minister of Transport, Communications and Works and Sokratis Sokratous who will undertake her duties at the Parliament.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

A Conference on Cyprus in the context of UN led talks for the reunification of Cyprus under a federal roof, which took place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana last summer ended without an agreement.

Source: Cyprus News Agency