President says he works for peace and stability in Cyprus

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday that he works to create the circumstances which will allow for conditions of peace and stability in Cyprus.

The President was speaking at an event marking the anniversary of 100 years since the birth of the late President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, during which former Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and former Undersecretary to President Clerides, Pantelis Kouros, received awards from the Glafkos Clerides Institute.

“I would like to assure you that my utmost concern is to see the dream that we all share, being realized. To see how those conditions are created that will allow for peace and stability in this troubled country” he said.

He went on to say that he often dares to suggest new proposals that could break the deadlock of the Cyprus talks, and create conditions that will allow us to achieve a functional, viable and lasting solution.

He expressed the belief that we should not hesitate, when needed, to abandon stereotypes or remain stuck in some positions that have been expressed 45 years ago.

The President referred to his proposal to the Turkish Cypriot side for decentralised powers to address any concerns in order for both communities to be able to co-exist, as well as his proposal for a parliamentary democracy, that would create conditions of cooperation between the two communities.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency