President expresses determination to work tirelessly for successful outcome of SG’s initiatives on Cyprus issue

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday assured of his determination and will to tirelessly work for a successful outcome of UNSGs initiatives on the Cyprus issue. SG Antonio Guterres is set to meet the two leaders in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in Berlin, on November 25th in order to plan the way forward.

Speaking during a conference organized by The Economist in Nicosia, the President said that despite all the difficulties, challenges, tensions and unacceptable proposals, he will continue to work tirelessly, with determination and political will, in order for the UNSGs efforts to yield results for a productive dialogue that will lead to a functional solution to the Cyprus problem.

He also said that he will continue to invest in Cyprus regional co-operation and in maintaining and strengthening close relations with neighboring countries. President Anastasiades referred to Cyprus role as a bridge between the European Union and the wider Middle East region, promoting peace, security and regional cooperation and its role as a reliable partner both of the countries of the wider region and within the EU.

The President also referred to Cyprus initiatives for strong energy partnerships with the countries in the wider region and in particular to the trilateral cooperation with Greece, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, with the ultimate aim and purpose of promoting the stability, security and prosperity of our peoples.

President Anastasiades once again called on Turkey to respond positively to the invitation by the EU to delimit the maritime zone between the two countries, the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey, as it has already been done between Cyprus and Egypt, Cyprus and Lebanon and Cyprus and Israel.

At the same time, he referred to Cyprus regional initiative on climate change, taking into account the vulnerability of the region and seeking to assist the ambitious goals set by the United Nations and the European Union.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency