Republic of Cyprus celebrates the 58th anniversary of its independence

Republic of Cyprus celebrates the 58th anniversary of its independence

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, pledged today that he will never seize to work decisively for the progress and wellbeing of Cyprus and for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Addressing the people of Cyprus, in a televised message on 1st October 2018, on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the declaration of the Independence of the Republic of Cyprus, the President of the Republic said, inter alia, the following: “I wish to express feelings of appreciation, respect and pride for everything that we have collectively achieved throughout the years through the patience, the persistence and the diligence that characterise our people.

At the same time, I pay tribute to all those who sacrificed themselves or fought to rid our homeland from the colonial yoke. I express, simultaneously, the gratitude of the State to all those who subsequently defended the Republic of Cyprus, lawfulness and democracy.

Our thoughts at this moment turn to the relatives of our missing persons and we assure them that we will continue our tireless efforts so that the fate of their loved ones is ascertained.”

The President then referred to the various interventions of the guarantor powers in the domestic affairs of the newly established State of the Republic of Cyprus and the consequent intercommunal clashes, civil conflicts and the insidious coup that was used as a pretext for the brutal and illegal invasion by Turkey in 1974.

“It is an unacceptable situation,” the President pointed out, “which deprives the citizens of the country, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the benefits of fundamental human rights enjoyed by the rest of the European citizens.”

He added that “It is well known that the Greek Cypriot side has accepted a painful but necessary compromise for the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus into a bizonal, bicommunal federation, always on the condition that all the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will enjoy the same basic freedoms and human rights provided by the very Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.”

The President went on to stress that he believes that “the solution of the Cyprus problem is attainable if our Turkish Cypriot compatriots also realise that what will free both them and us from the tragic situation we are experiencing, is the establishment of a truly independent State that will respect and implement the European acquis, and will recognise and honour the rights of every Cypriot citizen, as in any other democratic country.”

He added that “It was in this direction that my recent meeting with the UN Secretary-General took place, during which I reiterated the clear will and absolute readiness of our side for the immediate resumption of the negotiations based on the UN resolutions, the principles of the European Union, the convergences achieved so far, as well as the framework of the six parameters set by the UN Secretary-General himself in Crans-Montana.”

President Anastasiades further noted that, in addition to the effort to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem acceptable by everybody, “we are determined to respond to the historical challenge and responsibility and we will do whatever is possible to create conditions of peace and security for all Cypriots, through a multifaceted foreign policy which will render Cyprus a pillar of stability and peace.”

The President also gave assurances that he will “never seize to work decisively for the progress and wellbeing of our country,” and for the realization of “this vision, which  concerns the entire sovereign State of the  Republic of Cyprus, through reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem which will be fully compatible with the High Level Agreements, the unanimous decisions of the National Council, the decisions and resolutions of the United Nations, and, first and foremost, be fully compatible with the European principles and values.”

President Anastasiades underlined that “only in this way we will secure conditions of lasting peace for all the legal citizens of the Republic of Cyprus without any exception”./IBNA