Today, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades alongside the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev praised the excellent relations in all areas of bilateral cooperation between Cyprus and Bulgaria, noting the prospects for further strengthening these bilateral relations in the sectors of energy and economy.
Nicos Anastasiades, who is paying an official visit to Bulgaria, was received by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev at the Presidential Office where they held talks to promote bilateral relations, something the Bulgarian President stressed in his statements.
Rumen Radev noted that there was constant communication between the two countries to further promote relations between them in all areas, such as the economy, trade and energy, highlighting the already excellent relations in the fields of culture, education, tourism as well as the contacts between the two peoples.
As he said, after the Turkish invasion in ’74 thousands of Cypriots moved to Bulgaria, underlining that thousands of Cypriots attended universities in his country.
At the same time, he thanked the President of the Republic for the actions of the Republic of Cyprus in order to fully integrate the Bulgarian community of 65,000 people in Cyprus.
Referring to the Cyprus issue, President Radev reiterated his country’s firm position of principles.
For his part, President Anastasiades briefed President Radev on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the current situation in the Cypriot EEZ with the Turkish illegal activity, while expressing gratitude for Bulgaria’s stance on the Cyprus issue, as well as on its contribution to UNFICYP.
In remarks following extended talks between the two countries’ delegations, President Radev pointed out that Cyprus and Bulgaria enjoyed close relations in the fields of investment, education, culture and tourism, adding that “we aspire to develop and build on the potential that exists for tourism, investment, and others sectors”.
He noted that his country sought co-operations in the field of energy, adding that Bulgaria was the natural continuation of Cyprus, Greece and Israel, while he also underlined the dialogue between Cyprus and Bulgaria for the purposes of an energy collaboration.
Finally, President Radev underlined the close relations between the two countries at a European level, noting the common positions shared by Cyprus and Bulgaria on many issues, such as the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Common Agricultural Policy.
For his part, President Anastasiades addressed the media stressing that his visit was proof of the further strengthening of long-standing close bilateral relations.
He added that the business forum to be held tomorrow between the two countries’ entrepreneurs would add a significant dimension and reinforce economic relations as an important pillar of bilateral co-operation.
The President of the Republic referred to the long-standing relations between the two countries, noting that Bulgaria was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 and establish an Embassy, pointing to the photo exhibition to be held tomorrow in Sofia on the diplomatic relations of the two countries, but also to the events to be organized in Cyprus by the thousands of Cypriots studying in Bulgaria and the thousands of Bulgarians residing in Cyprus.
He added that “during our creative consultations we reaffirmed our common commitment to further strengthen and extend the mutually beneficial cooperation we have developed at bilateral and multilateral level.
Specifically, with regard to bilateral relations, we thoroughly went over the range of our cooperation, which is governed by a strong institutional framework of more than thirty bilateral Agreements, exchanging views not only to deepen the existing cooperation but also to expand it to new ones, such as energy, shipping and research and innovation.
As for the European Union, we discussed key issues that are of common concern to us, such as immigration and the Union budget, particularly in view of the results of the recent European Council.
Regarding the Multiannual Financial Framework, it is our common position that the policy we have so far pursued on social cohesion, the common agricultural policy, migration and a host of other issues that are constitute a major concern for the majority of the Member States and in particular our countries, should be emphasized and continued.
The common position is that economic aid and solidarity are the most effective way of addressing migration flows”.
Referring to the Cyprus issue, the President said that “I briefed on the current situation, the violations of international law both at sea and on land, whether they involve parallel drilling operations or intentions to exploit a city governed by a special regime and for which specific Security Council and UN Resolutions are in force, that is, the city of Famagusta.
I have reiterated my determination and political will to engage in a new round of negotiations in order to reach a solution that guarantees the whole Cypriot people, the Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots a solution that is in line with international law, with the European acquis and with the European principles and values, which will ensure peaceful coexistence and co-creation, will bring peace to the region and create the necessary conditions for Cyprus to be a fully independent, sovereign state, free of guarantees and the presence of any army and especially foreign dependency.
I would once again like to thank you for the warm and heartfelt hospitality you have provided to me, my wife and the Cypriot delegation and to assure you that I look forward to further strengthening our cooperation and close ties between the two countries for the benefit of our peoples.
I would once again like to thank President Radev for his solidarity and support for the Republic of Cyprus, both at bilateral and multilateral level, especially within the EU, in view of the challenges that the Republic of Cyprus is facing”.
President Anastasiades added that they also discussed regional issues such as the Western Balkans, as well as “the latest worrying developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially what is happening in Syria and Libya; and we realized that new conditions must be enforced to prevent a new crisis that would lead to new migration flows, new threats to cohesion even within the EU itself”.
He also said that he touched upon issues related to the tripartite mechanisms developed by the Republic of Cyprus, noting that they create conditions for co-operation and peace in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“I have assured President Radev that the exclusion of any country is not the aim of these trilateral partnerships. On the contrary, those who respect international law, independence and the sovereignty of states have a place in these partnerships and therefore no country is excluded”, President Anastasiades said.
He also noted that Bulgaria’s presence in future trilateral meetings would also be discussed through dialogue.
Finally, the President of the Republic expressed confidence that his visit would create even stronger links and conditions for further close cooperation for the benefit of both countries and their peoples. /ibna