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Anastasiades Cyprus President

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has expressed certainty that Cyprus will be reunited by the end of his term in office.
 
Addressing the pancyprian conference of the ruling Democratic Rally, which he presided before winning the presidential elections in 2013, Anastasiades said that by the end of his five year term, “everyone will feel proud once again because at least, we will hand over a reunited country, a country which will guarantee the future, a prosperous country, a European and modern country”.
 
He told participants at the conference of his efforts to reunite the island, noting that significant progress has been achieved but there is still important work that needs to be done.
 
The President pointed out that even when they reach a conclusion with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, “you cannot go to the people and ask for their approval (in a referendum) for a plan that will not have funds available for compensation, rebuilding properties, transfer of the population, rehousing, etc”.
 
President Anastasiades also referred to the active participation of the EU in finding a solution. Everyone appreciates that the principles, values of the EU, the protection of the human rights and the equality of European citizens should be safeguarded. The President remarked that this is not only a requirement by  Greek Cypriots but also Turkish Cypriots and that this is a great change from the past.
 
Whatever has been agreed on, the President said, fully secure the continuation of the state. “It is expressly intended that we are and will remain a member of the EU without a new application, we are and will remain a member of the UN without a new application, the international treaties of the Republic of Cyprus will continue to be in effect as well as the Treaty of Establishment while the Ambassadors accredited to the Republic will not need to present their credentials again”.
 
Replying to those that believe the Republic of Cyprus has been downgraded while the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied north upgraded, Anastasiades questioned whether trilateral cooperation agreements with Egypt, with Israel or the one with Jordan that is being prepared imply such thing. He also said that through a multilevel foreign policy, Saudi Arabia is appointing an ambassador for the first time since 1966, Bahrain is appointing an ambassador to Cyprus and Jordan is transferring the base of its embassy to Cyprus.
 
UN-led peace talks are currently underway to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
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