News Local Cyprus problem is a European problem, President says

Cyprus problem is a European problem, President says

President Anastasiades stressed on Thursday that the Cyprus problem is in effect a European problem, an open wound for Europe, noting that  healing this European wound will contribute significantly to a stronger Europe, also in light of the huge prospects in the energy field.

“Reunification, a viable, functional and lasting solution that safeguards Cyprus’s independence and sovereignty based on the UN Security Council Resolutions and the EU acquis, principles and values, will allow it to further develop its role as an anchor of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and as a bridge between the region and Europe benefiting all Europeans,” Anastasiades told the European People`s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki.

Anastasiades said that  “as we endeavor to ensure peace, security and prosperity in Europe and our wider region, we must not forget that the European Union was founded on principles to safeguard peace, our way of life, democracy and prosperity, equality and human right”

“What happens on the eastern and southern regions has a direct impact on us. And as the President of the Republic of Cyprus, which still endures occupation of 37% of its territory and flagrant violation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights of its citizens, either Greek or Turkish Cypriots, by Turkey contrary to international and EU law, I need to press on the importance of reunifying the EU’s last divided Member State,” he stressed.

The President of Cyprus said he was grateful  “for the EPP’s long standing, strong  support to our efforts to find a fair and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem and I would like to express my appreciation for the renewal of this support by the resolution on the Cyprus problem) adopted last night.”

He noted that “ahead of us, as leaders of EPP, a group whose roots run deep in the history of the European continent, we have demanding challenges. We are therefore bound to demonstrate leadership, commitment and determination.”

Anastasiades stressed that “a strong and united Union based on principles and values of the founding treaties must remain the epicenter of all our policies and actions,” adding that “being strong and united, despite the periodical turbulences resulting from either financial crisis, Brexit or the migration crisis remains the best avenue to safeguarding all principles and values that this Union historically stands for: promoting peace, security, solidarity and prosperity to its people.”

Referring to the unprecedented humanitarian migration crisis, Anastasiades said that “proportionally to its size, Cyprus suffers a huge burden due to its geographical location.”

Dealing with the rise of violent extremism, terrorism, hybrid challenges and conventional threats we must accept the need for contributing as a Union more to our own security, reinforcing our strategic autonomy to be able if necessary to act alone or/and, preferably, with partners, he added.

Moreover he referred to the challenges in the economic sector and as regards climate change.

“My main message today is that, with respect to our principles, we must ensure and safeguard the strength and unity of the European Union, while remaining relevant, effective and faithful to our citizens’ needs and concerns,” Anastasiades said.

“Let us convince them that the EPP policies and their role are crucial, and that together we can work to tackle all the challenges we face. And I have no doubt that in doing so we will win next year’s elections,” he concluded.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

Confirmed covid patient refuses to self isolate, walks around in free Famagusta area-Dozens of people booked

  A woman from the free Famagusta area who tested positive for covid-19 did not self-isolate and was walking in a public area yesterday noon. She...

Covid-19 patients rise at referral hospital, now 59

  Covid-19 patients at the Famagusta General, the referral hospital for coronavirus have risen to 59. Four are being treated in the increased care unit for...

5 third country students employed illegally at two Nicosia restaurants

  Authorities continued a campaign to stamp out the illegal employment of third country individuals who are being exploited by Cypriot employers for peanuts. Officers from...

Mass rapid tests in Larnaca over the weekend

  Rapid tests will be taking place throughout the weekend in the city of Larnaca. The municipality informed the public that the Health Ministry had organised...

What Covid? 17 people gambling on home table booked

  Police in Paphos are investigating an illegal gambling case, with 17 people setting up in a private residence early evening yesterday. The Crime Prevention Unit...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...