This is the last visit of Mr. Anastasiadis to Athens as the President of the Republic of Cyprus
Meeting of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, took place a little while ago at the Maximos Palace where it was signed agreement for the mutual academic recognition of university degrees.
Afterwards, Mr. Mitsotakis and Mr. Anastasiadis visited Mati, the site where the works are being carried out for the creation of a Memorial Park donated by the Republic of Cyprus.
During the meeting at Maximos, the prime minister excelled the project and the good cooperation with Mr. Anastasiadis, who, as he noted, made his last visit in the capacity of the President of the Republic.
“Ten years president of the Republic of Cyprus, you came to things in the midst of a major economic crisis. We know it well, moreover, because we also went through similar, possibly heavier, adventures than you. However, you managed not only to fix the economy but also to advance your country as a whole on many different levels and I think you have every reason to be proud of that”, said the Prime Minister, adding, however, that “there are still issues that you did not manage and did not we managed to solve, more importantly, the great national wound of the Cyprus problem. I know, however, that even as the former President of the Republic, when your term of office is completed, your heart will always be there, in how we will achieve a fair, sustainable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem”.
On his part, Mr. Anastasiadis he emphasized that for him it is “a terribly sensitive moment, because the end of a political journey that has lasted 43 years is approaching, with the culmination of the last decade”, adding that “we faced several dangers from Turkish revisionism and through diplomacy, the good neighborliness that we taught is built through the tripartite, quadripartite, multilateral alliances that we have built, I believe that we have sufficiently shielded the Republic of Cyprus, so that it can, from a position of strength, negotiate a solution that is functional and continuously sustainable, but also consistent and with the European acquis. Something that will ensure not only the Greek Cypriots, but also the Turkish Cypriots, thus contributing to the prevalence of peace, but also to the advancement of the entire Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”.
At the same time, Mr. Anastasiadis referred to the reason for his presence in Greece and in particular to the foundation of social housing in Mati. “It is a simple indication, because Greece’s solidarity with Cyprus was manifold in the same way, either with sacrifices, with blood, or with material actions that supported the Republic of Cyprus.
And with that being said, I want to say one thing: I will continue to be a Greek what agony for the fate of our Cyprus, for the fate of our Greece. I will be present not in power, but in whatever struggles we are called to undertake”, concluded the president of the Republic of Cyprus”.
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