The recent lifting of the US arms embargo against Cyprus has vindicated the country which has clearly demonstrated with its policies that Cyprus belongs to the West, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said on Sunday.
The Minister was addressing an event for the anniversary of the declaration of Independence of Cyprus, organized by the Federation of Cypriot Organisations of America.
This is a day “of assessment, reflection and consideration of the debt we owe to our shared homeland,” he said, pledging that the government will “continue to work tirelessly and with determination to break the current deadlock, to find a just, viable and functional solution to our national problem, as defined in the relevant UN resolutions, in line with EU principles and values.”
Nouris also spoke of the division in Cyprus.
“It is a line that divides the people, our lands, our soil and our hearts, and that increases the human tragedy and complexity of the problem,” he said.
The Minister also referred to Turkey’s revisionism, which, as he said, is using aggressive rhetoric.
“And it is precisely for this reason, that we welcome the latest resounding decision of the American government to finally lift a long-standing injustice and discrimination against the Republic of Cyprus, with the complete lifting of the embargo on the supply of American weapons systems,” he said.
This decision, he added, “is a vindication for the stability of the positions of the Government of President Anastasiades, which has clearly demonstrated with its policies that Cyprus belongs to the West and does not waver when it comes to our political allies.”