Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his determination to work for a solution of the Cyprus issue, noting that it could help overcome the economic crisis.

President Anastsaiades was addressing an event in honour of Antonis Antoniou, who perished during the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974, in Pelendri village, in Limassol District.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Previous UN led efforts to reunify the island have been unsuccessful. New talks are expected to begin in the autumn.

Today, President Anastasiades said, Cyprus finds itself at a crucial crossroads. One option is that of indecision and inaction, an approach of dogmatic denials, which will merely prolong the impasse.

The other option, he added, is one of national responsibility and consistency; a policy of patriotic rationalization and assertive realism, choosing the beneficial over the likeable.
The policy, he added, “of insight and bold initiatives that can generate, even at this late hour, a new and dynamic perspective on economic and national recovery of our country.”

He stressed that the government and himself have chosen the path of national responsibility.

President Anastasiades continued to say that whilst the government is doing its utmost so that the country can overcome its economic woes, at the same time it continues to work towards a solution of the Cyprus issue, which as he noted “constitutes the top priority for our country and its people”.

He reiterated that “I am determined to work for a solution”, adding that “a solution of the Cyprus issue could help us overcome the current economic crisis”.

A solution, he added, which will guarantee European principles and values and through the acquis communautaire will ensure the prosperity and well being of the Cyprus people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

This small, divided country, he noted, will have “much greater opportunities of growth and prosperity if Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots agree to a solution, which will put an end to its division”.

The Cyprus President stressed that Turkey’s cooperation is a prerequisite in order for this effort to be successful.
Instead of challenging the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign rights and considering the possibility of dynamic or other operations, he suggested, maybe Turkey ought to wonder whether the time has come to make bold steps and resolving the Cyprus issue together.
Let us work together in order to put an end to a longstanding problem which has cost the people of this country only misery and pain, he said.

Referring to the economy, President Anastasiades said that a huge effort to deal with the situation and to return Cyprus to growth has been undertaken.

Our work is not easy but we are certain that with everyone’s cooperation we will make it, he added.

At the same time, he thanked and congratulated the Cyprus people for their responsible stance.

Cyprus society and each individual Cypriot have given lessons of responsibility and conscientiousness to all the peoples of Europe, he said.

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