|Statement by the President after his meeting with the President of the European Commission|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades who was in Brussels to participate in the deliberations of yesterday's extraordinary meeting of the European Council, held a meeting yesterday afternoon, with the new President of the European Commission, Mr Jean Claude Juncker. After the meeting, the President made the following statement: "During the meeting with the new President of the European Commission we had the opportunity to discuss the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, the appointment of the new Special Representative and the need for the EU to play an upgraded role in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.
|The President of the Republic departs tomorrow for Brussels|
The President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades departs tomorrow morning (29 August), for Brussels, where he will participate in the extraordinary meeting of the European Council.
The issues that will preoccupy the meeting are the election of the new President of the European Council and the election of the new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the situation in Gaza, in the Ukraine, in Iraq, in Libya and in Syria, as well as the common action of the EU in the fight against the Ebola virus.
|Remarks by the President of the Republic on the Cyprus problem|
Certainly much will depend on the stance by the newly-elected President of Turkey, the President of the Republic, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, said today, referring to the efforts to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Speaking to the press in the village of Pedoulas, the President added that “some information claimed or wanted to make Mr. Erdogan appear decided” but cautioned that this will become clear in due course.
|The President addressed an event organized by the Famagusta Municipality|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, addressed tonight an event organized by the Famagusta Municipality, in Deryneia, for the 40 years of Famagusta’s occupation by Turkish troops.
Speaking at the event, the President said that “during these last 40 years, Famagusta was turned from a city that was to be returned into a ghost-city. There is no logical explanation to justify the insistence of the Turks to keep a European Union city under this inhuman siege.
|President of the Republic meets Prime Minister of Greece|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, met today noon at Maximos Mansion, in Athens, with the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Antonis Samaras and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Greek Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Evangelos Venizelos. At the focus of the meeting were the exchange of views on the Cyprus problem and the definition of a common course. After the meeting, the President of the Republic and the Greek Prime Minister made the following statements:
A.Samaras: “Our friend, President Mr Nicos Anastasiades, briefed us on the course of the bicommunal talks in Cyprus, under the light of course, of the developments currently taking place at the Security Council of the United Nations.
|The President of the Republic departs for Athens|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, departs tomorrow, July 28, for Athens where he will pay a two-day visit. The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Chistodoulides. During the first day of his visit in Athens, the President will have a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Antonis Samaras. Talks between the delegations of the two countries will follow. On July 29, President Anastasiades will have separate meetings, in the Hellenic Parliament, with the leaders of parliamentary parties. On the sidelines of the President’s visit, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, will have a meeting with his Greek counterpart, Mrs Sofia Voultepsi. The President of the Republic and the members of the Cyprus delegation will return to Cyprus in the evening of July 29.
|Swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief of the National Guard Lieutenant General Georgios Basiakoulis|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, gave a speech today at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief of the National Guard Lieutenant General Georgios Basiakoulis, which was held at the Presidential Palace.
While welcoming the new Chief of the National Guard, the President of the Republic said that that the Turkish occupation army constitutes an illegal and unacceptable reality and at the same time is a permanent threat to the future of Cyprus. President Anastasiades underlined that “we are obliged to maintain high levels of combat and operational readiness and capability of the National Guard so that we are able to effectively deal with any challenges.” At the same time, he reiterated the position that “the stronger the deterrent force of the National Guard is, the stronger is the Greek Cypriot side in the negotiation process.”
|Message of condolences by the President of the Republic for the victims of the plane crash in Ukraine|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, signed today the book of condolences opened by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the victims of the plane crash in Ukraine. In his message, President Anastasiades wrote the following: “It was with profound shock and sorrow that I was informed of the shooting down of the plane of Malaysia Airlines, flight MH17, in Ukraine on 17 July 2014, which has resulted in the death of hundreds of innocent people. On behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, I wish to extend my deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathies to the Government and the people of the Netherlands. At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the bereaved families.”