The President of the Republic sent a congratulatory message to Mr Antonio Guterres

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, sent today 18 October 2016 a congratulatory message to Mr Antonio Guterres.

In his message the President stated the following:

“I am writing to congratulate you on your appointment as the new Secretary General of the United Nations. Please accept my most sincere and heartfelt congratulations as well as my best wishes for a successful term, beginning in January 2017.

Your election marks an era of change at the United Nations; the landmark selection procedure for the new Secretary General of the Organization, which included public hearings and informal dialogues greatly increased the transparency and inclusiveness of this process. As you pointed out, the true winner was the credibility of the UN. Your impeccable credentials, integrity of character, and proven ability to lead, have been universally recognized by the membership, as manifested in its unanimous support to your candidature.

Your statesmanship, political leadership and years of experience reinforce my belief that, at this momentous time, the UN is honored and privileged to have you at its helm. I am confident that under your wise leadership, the United Nations will effectively attempt to meet the critical challenges of our time; as you mentioned in your statement to the General Assembly on your appointment, your only agenda will be that enshrined in the United Nations Charter. I have no doubt that you will address the pressing challenges facing the Organization with resolute determination.

I wish you every success in fulfilling your noble mission and I take this opportunity to assure you of my own and of my Government’s full co-operation in the exercise of your duties. In this respect, I look forward to work closely with you in achieving a peaceful and comprehensive settlement on the long-standing Cyprus Problem, 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 viable, lasting and functional settlement that will safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots.”

Source: Press and Information Office.