The visit to New York was entirely successful, said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, who departed from the US yesterday evening for Rome.
In his remarks to reporters following a meeting he had yesterday afternoon, in New York, with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Mr Boris Johnson, the President of the Republic noted: “I consider that the visit to New York was entirely successful with regard to both its first and its second part.
The first part, as far as the Investment Forum is concerned, was extremely important and I consider it an absolute success. During the forum more than 300 participants had the opportunity to hear about the prospects for secure investments in Cyprus, and there was interest from big Energy companies and Investment Funds.
With regard to the political part, the meetings that I had with the UN Secretary-General, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia and President of the forthcoming 72nd UN General Assembly, and the Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, I believe there was an opportunity to explain difficulties and problems that we face in important sectors (in the talks on the Cyprus problem) that concern the functionality of the state, the future security of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, and more generally, problems that if are not solved the right way and on the basis of the principles and values of the EU or on the basis of the principle of democracy or even and particularly, always respecting the acquis, it would not be possible to reach a solution that will become acceptable by either myself or by the Greek Cypriots.
Consequently, I believe that the elaboration of our positions with logical cohesion and arguments, were listened to properly and with complete understanding.
Mr Johnson will go to Ankara where he will meet with the President of Turkey, Mr Erdogan, and I believe that he will convey the messages and the positions, so that it will be understood through which ways and how we can reach an agreement that could be accepted by both communities.”
Anastasiades arrived in Rome
Nicos Anastasiades, arrived today in Rome, where tomorrow he will participate in the Informal Summit Meeting of the member states of the European Union on the occasion of the completion of 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
Tonight, President Anastasiades, accompanied by his spouse Mrs Andri Anastasiades, will visit the Vatican, where, along with the other leaders of the EU member states, he will meet with Pope Francis.
Tomorrow, 25 March 2017, the President of the Republic will participate in the meeting of the leaders of the EU member states in Rome and will attend the celebrations for the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. He will subsequently attend a lunch hosted in honor of the leaders by the President of Italy, Mr Sergio Mattarella./IBNA