The conference of Directors and Managers of the ‘Imagine’ program entitled ‘Transformational Leadership for Peace’ organized by the Bi-communal Technical Education Committee in Ledra Palace, was attended by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades; the Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci; the UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar; the heads of the bi-communal Technical Education Committee, as well as by Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot school principals.
President Nicos Anastasiades, speaking to the press at the bi-communal event in Ledra Palace, pointed out that events such as today’s indeed constitute steps in the right direction, but what is needed above all is respect for a state that no longer needs to be an accessory or a subsidiary of any third-party country.
Invited to comment on the event, the President of the Republic said that “it is, I believe, an important event that, without focusing too much on ethnic origin, seeks to cultivate a culture of peaceful coexistence. It is an essential element in our efforts for peaceful coexistence, as long as we are allowed as Cypriots to work towards resolving the Cyprus issue as an independent country.
You realize that these are steps in the right direction, but at the same time they are not enough to solve the Cyprus issue. First and foremost, respect is needed for a state that no longer has to be an accessory or subsidiary of any third country.
It is, I believe, the cultivation of a correct understanding of mutual respect and diversity that helps to this end as well, as is the case throughout Europe and around the world, where those who reside legally in a state coexist peacefully”. /ibna