Nicosia, May 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Kyriacos Kyriacou
A Cyprus solution can be found as soon as possible, if the EU and UN values and principles are fully adopted, President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, said during an intervention at the World Humanitarian Summit, taking place in Istanbul. Cyprus is divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
Noting that he is coming from an EU member state, which has been experiencing violent division for 42 years now, Anastasiades said he hopes that the leaders of interested parties will show the necessary courage to take decisions at the UN-led negotiating process aiming to reunite the island.
According to sources, Anastasiades was welcomed at the Summit by the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu. Furthermore, he met, on the Summit’s side-lines with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, with whom he discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and relations between Europe and Turkey.
Anastasiades made two interventions at the Summit, during which he underlined that both the sequences and the causes of the humanitarian crisis must be addressed and that only then efforts will bear fruit.
Moreover, he underlined that leaderships must abstain from expansionist policies against the sovereignty of other states, and must be ready to address the concerns of all involved in order to reach a win-win result.
Anastasiades will attend on Monday evening a dinner to be hosted by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in honour of the heads of state and government who attend the Summit.
On Tuesday, he will hold bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers of Lebanon and Finland, and will visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate, where he will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.