Nicosia, January 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed the wish that 2016 is the last year that Greek Cypriots celebrate Epiphany away from their homes.
In statements on the sidelines of official celebrations on the occasion of the Epiphany Day, that took place on Wednesday in Ayia Napa, situated on the south-eastern coast of the island, the President wished that efforts for a Cyprus solution yield results in 2016 so that Cyprus will be liberated and there will be no occupation army.
“I hope that the efforts we are making will yield results in 2016, so that we can live in a country free from occupation troops and guarantors of our integrity or sovereignty”, he stressed.
He added that given Cyprus` European identity, human rights are secured for all the people and the basis of the solution guarantees that every citizen of this state, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will live under conditions of security and peace.
“I hope that this is the last year we celebrate away from our homes”, he continued.
Invited to comment on the support expressed by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the President said he believed that the Church, as well as the political forces and the overwhelming majority of the people, seek an honorable solution, based on unanimous decisions like the National Council`s decisions of the 19th of September 2009.
Cyprus, an EU member state since May 2004, has been divided since the Turkish invasion in the summer of 1974. The Turkish military still occupies 37% of the EU Mediterranean island`s territory. UN-led talks are underway in a bid to reunify the island under a federal roof.