President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has said the time we are going through is hard for everyone and that no one should expect difficulties would be dealt with in a short time.

Addressing Thursday an event at the Presidential Palace for the Cyprus Scouts Association for the “Scouts of the Republic” award, President Anastasiades said that the problems that “we inherited are not recent but are the repercussions of long term mistakes that we need to put right and give a new outlook to all sectors and prove that we can overcome obstacles”.

In return for a 10 billion-euro bailout ($13 billion), for Cyprus, the troika of international lenders demanded the winding up of the island`s second largest bank Laiki and a haircut on deposits over 100,000 euros in its largest lender Bank of Cyprus.
“I want to assure you that we can do this because we have the new generation that needs work and guidance to provide a new perspective to tomorrow’s Cyprus, through determination, hard work, meritocracy, proper planning and effectiveness”, the President pledged.

President Anastasiades also assured that he will stand by efforts to promote the principles and aims of scouts.

“You are the new leaders of tomorrow, and through the education you have received, you are ready to proceed ahead and open the road to young people who follow you”, he added.

The state, he remarked, is determined to support you and will do so by ensuring that all preconditions to develop the concept of volunteers will continue. For this reason, he added, the Volunteers Movement has been upgraded and a Commissioner has been appointed.

“We are ready to hear and to prove that we want the citizens to be active in matters that concern their future”, the President underlined.

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