The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Vienna, Mr Alvaro Jose Robelo Gonzalez.

Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Gonzalez said:

“Your Excellency,

His Excellency Mr Daniel Ortega, President of the Republic of Nicaragua, has entrusted me the honorable position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cyprus. It is a great praise for me today, to thus present to Your Excellency my Letter of Credence.

Permit me to convey the cordial greetings and best wishes from President Daniel Ortega as well as from his wife Rosario Murillo and to extend, through You, Excellency, the good wishes of the Government and People of the Republic of Nicaragua to the Government and People of the Republic of Cyprus.

It is my pleasant task, Your Excellency, to express the compromise of the Republic of Nicaragua to enhance and reinforce relationships between our two countries. It is our hope to strengthen relations with the Republic of Cyprus through cultural, educational, touristic, investment and commercial activities.

This ceremony of presentation of credentials aims to endure the diplomatic relations between Cyprus and Nicaragua, which are based on trust and constructive partnership.

In order to reach and maintain a level of excellent diplomatic relations and contacts, I would like to stress that Nicaragua is and will always be open and willed to enter and engage in a frank and political dialogue with the aim to settling all questions between our two nations in a positive direction.

Nicaragua seeks to build up close and friendly bonds with the Republic of Cyprus, a country known for its prosperity and which offers wide-ranging prospects for political, trade and economic cooperation. Thus, Nicaragua will pursue a deepening of mutual understanding and trust, as well as effective and multidimensional cooperation.

With regard to the Cyprus question or Cyprus issue, let me emphasize that Nicaragua considers the island of Cyprus as a sole, that means the whole island is considered as the Republic of Cyprus, a sovereign and independent nation. My country stands ready to assist and promote all actions leading to the reunification of the currently two existing communities.

Your Excellency, as Nicaragua’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, I will exert all my efforts to intensify the cooperation between our two countries and the friendship between our two peoples, an extremely honourable and important mission in which I believe I will receive assistance and support from your Government as well.

Thank you very much”.

Receiving the credentials, the President of the Republic said:

“Excellency,

It is with great pleasure and genuine feelings of friendship that I receive today your Letters of Credence appointing you as the new Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua to the Republic of Cyprus. ? wish to assure you that my Government will provide every assistance in the performance of your high duties.

Our two countries have over the years developed cordial and friendly relations which are reflected in our common membership and our close cooperation in international fora. I am confident that the already close cooperation between our countries provides us with a solid foundation on which we can build in order to further expand and enhance our bilateral relations in various fields.

To this end, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing Political Consultations as well as the signing of the Tourism Agreement between our two countries, in 2011, are both significant developments that can contribute to the enrichment of our bilateral cooperation and move our relations forward.

Excellency,

As regards the ongoing negotiating process to reach a comprehensive settlement on the Cyprus problem, since May 2015 when the two sides resumed negotiations significant convergences have been achieved on an important number of issues related to the chapters of Governance and Power-Sharing, Economy, the EU and to a lesser extent Property.

To this end, on October 26, 2016, and following a number of intensive negotiating phases, it was assessed that the progress observed allowed the two sides to proceed with the next phase of the negotiating process on November and at Mont PAlerin of Switzerland.

A phase which consisted of the following hierarchical steps:

– Reaching an agreement on criteria that should be applied as regards territorial adjustments.

– Presenting maps which would accurately reflect the said criteria.

– Following such an overall agreement on territory, setting the date for holding the next phase of the negotiating process: an enlarged meeting or multilateral Conference to discuss the Chapter of Security and Guarantees.

In parallel, the two sides would intensify their discussions with the aim of closing the vast majority of pending issues in the remaining Chapters, as well as on other aspects related with the implementation of the settlement, among others, the Day 1 and what it would entail and the economic dimensions, in particular those related with the banking sector of the Turkish Cypriot community and the assessment of the costs, including compensation and reinstatement costs.

Unfortunately, and despite the constructive stance and the compromising proposals put forward by the Greek Cypriot side in order to facilitate discussions and reach a positive outcome, the two sessions held at Mont PAlerin on 7-11 and 20-21 November 2016 did not yield the desired outcome.

In this respect, I wish to, yet again, reiterate that I remain ready and committed not only to continue the process based on the October 26 understanding between the two leaders and from the point we left negotiations at Mont PAlerin, but to also further intensify our dialogue with the aim to achieve further convergences on most of the outstanding differences on all the Chapters already discussed.

At the same time, I wish to reassure that I remain wholeheartedly committed and determined to achieve the goal of reaching a settlement and reunifying our country, so as to fulfill the vision of the people of Cyprus and build an attractive future for our youth and the generations to come, setting an example for peace-making and enhancing security and stability in our region.

A settlement based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council Resolutions, the High Level Agreements and the Joint Declaration of February 2014, with a single international legal personality, a single sovereignty and a single citizenship.

A settlement that will:

– Reunite our country, its people, the economy and institutions;

– Create a win-win situation for all Cypriots, taking into account the sensitivities and concerns of both communities;

– Ensure a modern member state of the EU and UN, enjoying full sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity;

– Restore and fully respect the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all its lawful citizens;

– Rid Cyprus of third country military troops or guarantees, an anachronism in today’s world.

To this end, Turkey’s contribution in tangible terms in these negotiations is vital. There is no solution that can be reached without Turkey’s input. We do therefore expect Turkey, which is responsible for the illegal stationing of more than 40,000 occupation troops in Cyprus, to take practical and concrete steps towards this direction, taking into account not only the benefit of the people of Cyprus but also the positive impact a settlement will have to regional stability and cooperation.

Excellency,

Almost four years ago, just after my election as President of the Republic of Cyprus, this country was faced with nothing less than economic collapse. Today, Cyprus can be justifiably projected as a success story of economic reform. With the determination of my Government, the resilience of key productive sectors of the economy and the sacrifice and hard work of the Cypriot people, we have achieved:

– to address fiscal imbalances, through growth-friendly consolidation,

– to have a restructured and fully recapitalized banking sector, mainly through big international investors,

– to undertake and implement radical structural reforms,

– to return to the international markets much earlier than any other programme country,

– to restore our credibility and regain confidence in the Cypriot economy.

Our ambitious reform agenda, aspires to lay the foundations for long-term sustainable growth, improving the business environment which will increasingly attract foreign direct investments in the productive sectors of the economy. Towards this direction, there is a continuing process to modernise and reform the current tax and legal framework, while the effort to reform the public service and modernize our legislation continues, with additional measures underway such as accelerated licensing procedures, updated permanent residency and citizenship programmes, the introduction of e-government and sector-related incentive schemes. Our reform agenda is aiming to eventually transform our economic model, to enhance our competitive edge and to attract foreign direct investments in order to achieve sustained growth and prosperity for all Cypriots.

Excellency,

In welcoming you to Cyprus, I would kindly request you to convey to the President of Nicaragua, His Excellency Mr Daniel Ortega, my congratulations for his recent re-election to the Presidency of the country and I wish every success to his high duties. I would also like to convey to the friendly people of Nicaragua, our warmest greetings and a message of sincere friendship.

In concluding, Ambassador Alvaro Jose Robelo Gonzalez I wish you every success in your duties, aimed at achieving greater mutual understanding and providing new impetus to the development of the relations between our two countries”.

Present at the ceremony were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Head of Presidency at the Presidential Palace, Mr Kypros Kyprianou, and the Chief of Protocol, Mr Marios Kountourides.

Source: Press and Information Office