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Candidates for the 2023 Presidential elections continued Thursday their contacts and meetings, they issued announcements on various issues while οne had a gathering Wednesday evening.


Three of them presented their programs during a panel discussion at the 2022 Cyprus Forum.


Small countries like Cyprus need strong friends and Israel is a strong country and a strong friend of Cyprus, said President of DISY and candidate for the Presidency, Averof Neofytou, who wrapped up a visit to the neighboring country.


He said that Cyprus and Israel have huge prospects for further cooperation in the fields of security, defense, research, energy, agriculture, education and health.


Three candidates at the Cyprus Forum




The three candidates for the Presidency of the Republic, who are supported by the largest parliamentary parties, discussed about their vision for Cyprus, during a panel discussion at the 2022 Cyprus Forum taking place in Nicosia.


Averof Neofytou said that Turkey is displaying an aggressive stance and we need to think where we live today.


Andreas Mavroyiannis said that the next years will be full of challenges and the question should be whether we will stick to the old formulas or we will seek for something new.


Nikos Christodoulides, said that hope and perspective should be given to the young and the middle class.


In response to the question of how the relationship between the Greek Cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot community can be cultivated even more in an effort to resolve the Cyprus issue, Neophytou stated that he wishes for the reunification of Cyprus, through the clearly agreed framework that exists in both the resolutions and the decisions of the UN Security Council.


Christodoulides said that especially after 1974 we had to invest in the Turkish Cypriots and especially in the vast majority of the Turkish Cypriot community who are in favor of the solution of a bizonal, bicommunal federation.


The candidates also replied to questions about education and the migration crisis and presented their program and strategies.


Other events




Independent candidate Andreas Mavroyiannis attended an event in honor of Takis Hadjidemetriou, former head of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. He spoke of his important role and described him as a modest man with incomparable strength.


Nikos Christodoulides spoke at an event in Nicosia saying that the large, broad and diverse support sends clear messages.


He added that he extends a hand of friendship and cooperation to all political areas.


Independent candidate Marios Eliades issued a press release about the contracted soldiers (SYOP) saying that there is insecurity and uncertainty for the future, since none of the authorities makes it clear to the specific group whether they will become permanent staff when their contracts expire.


Source: Cyprus News Agency