|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.”
|The President spoke at the event for the black anniversaries of the coup and the Turkish invasion|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, spoke at the bipartisan anti-occupation event for the black anniversaries of the coup and the Turkish invasion, which took place tonight at the Presidential Palace.
President Anastasiades said, inter alia, that the aim is for a solution that will be coherent with international agreements and conventions on human rights, international law and the principles of the European acquis, stressing that “what we want is an honourable peace and, finally, the creation of a homeland that will not lack from the other states of Europe in political and human rights.”
|Statements by the President after the memorial service for the fallen of the Turkish invasion|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, speaking after the memorial service for the fallen during the Turkish invasion, organized by the National Guard and the Defence Ministry, at the Tomb of Makedonitissa, said the following:
"Forty years are enough for everyone. For us but also for Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots to realize that the solution will be to the benefit of all our people. But especially the prospects that are opening up for future generations, ensuring the future and generally ensuring their existence on the land that gave birth to us, I believe that these impose, at least on those who so far refused to accept it, and I mean primarily Turkey and some circles of the Turkish Cypriot community, that it's time to think positively and to create what our country deserves.
|Cyprus Investment Funds Association Inaugural Event - Speech by the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades|
I welcome you all here tonight and it is my pleasure to host this Inaugural Event of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association.
The encouragement of business activities in specialized markets in the services sectors is of paramount importance for our economy. The Cyprus government is working hard and is promoting effective policies that contribute to sustainable growth and employment through capitalising on our country’s comparative advantages.
|The President of the Republic addressed the Conference on Positive Growth|
With hard work, determination and consistency we have managed to stabilize the situation in the Cypriot economy and rebuild it, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, said speaking today at a Conference, at the Presidential Palace, on the topic “Reforming: One Way Street to Positive Growth,” which was organized by the Presidency of the Republic in collaboration with the UK High Commission.
In his speech, the President said that the Government has taken all necessary steps in order to stabilize the financial sector, to abolish internal bank restrictions earlier than expected, to restore international credibility and to return to the international markets.