Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has defined four “basic strategic goals” for the country, setting as a top priority the termination of Turkish occupation and the reunification of the island.

In a televised message, on the occasion of the 53d anniversary since the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960, President Anastasiades also said that other goals consist of rebuilding state institutions, tackling the financial crisis in a concerted manner and redesigning foreign policy.

The country is going through its most crucial period since the 1974 Turkish invasion, the President said and added that “it is time for all of us to acknowledge our mistakes”.

He also sent a message to the Turkish Cypriot community, noting the sincere will of the Greek Cypriot side for a solution. He added however that Greek Cypriots will never accept a solution not meeting their expectations.

“The solution must not underrate the concerns of the Greek Cypriots and ignore the human rights of Cyprus’ European citizens” he said.

Furthermore, he called on the Turkish government to respond in a positive manner to proposals for substantial confidence building measures.

He referred to the termination of the occupation of the northern part of the island by Turkish troops as a top priority, noting that it is imperative to create the necessary conditions for Cypriots to live in a country that does not lag behind in terms of human rights, in comparison to other European countries.

The President of the Republic further said that state institutions need to be reformed, since, as he put it “the state of the 1960s has completed its cycle”. He added that it is time to build a new state model that is more relevant to modern times.

On the financial crisis, President Anastasiades said that it must be tackled in a “concerted and disciplined manner”.

Moreover, he said Nicosia’s foreign policy needs to be redesigned, taking into account new geostrategic facts, transatlantic relations and ties with important countries in the region, while building on EU membership and existing partnerships.

The President of the Republic concluded his address by saying that Cyprus may soon become a different country, European, united and secure, while providing an anchor for peace and stability in the region.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. A new round of peace talks is expected to start this autumn, to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country, under a federal roof.

One Response to President Anastasiades sets four strategic goals for Cyprus

  1. RebelJim says:

    Why Turkish troops was in Cyprus 1974?

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