|The President will participate in the EU-CELAC Summit|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, departed this morning for Brussels, where he will participate in the 2nd Summit Conference of the European Union and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-CELAC) that will take place on 10-11 June 2015.
The Conference on “Shaping our Common Future: Working together for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable development”, will focus on the welfare of the citizens of the participating countries.
|Statements by the President of the Republic and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community|
Following the performance of the Turkish Cypriot play at Limassol’s Rialto theatre, which they jointly watched yesterday evening, the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus spoke about the message of peace and reconciliation that the play conveys and about their commitment to work towards a better future for the country’s younger generations.
After the play performed by the Turkish Cypriot municipal theatre, entitled “Cyprus: Saddened in Greek, Wounded in Turkish,” Mr Akinci told reporters that “many years ago, when I was Mayor back in 1987, 28 years ago, the very same theater group, the Turkish Cypriot municipal theater of Nicosia, performed a play of Aristophanes called ‘Irini’; it was in the Greek Cypriot side when there was no communication at all, when there weren’t any crossings at all.
|Address by the President at the 10th Cyprus-Russian Festival|
It is a great pleasure and privilege to address the official opening ceremony of the 10th Cyprus-Russian Festival.
For a decade now, the Cyprus-Russian Festival has been attracting thousands of people and has been firmly established not only as an important event in Cyprus’ cultural calendar, but also as an annual celebration of the solid and long-standing ties of friendship between our two countries.
By commemorating through this Festival the rich traditions of our peoples, we once again reaffirm the distinctive quality of everything that unites us.
|Remarks by the President of the Republic on the National Council’s meeting|
The President of the Republic presided today over a meeting of the National Council, at the Presidential Palace.
In his remarks to reporters, following the conclusion of the National Council’s meeting, President Anastasiades said that during the meeting “there was a briefing, some questions for clarification were answered and the Conference of the National Council will continue after the first meeting that we will have with (Turkish Cypriot leader) Mr Akinci –in other words after 17 June.”
|The President sent a letter of condolence to the US Vice President|
In addition to the message of condolence that the President of the Republic sent to the Vice President of the United States of America, Mr Joe Biden, on 31 May, for the passing of his son Beau, President Anastasiades sent today the following letter of condolence to Mr Biden:
“It is with the most profound sorrow that I received the heartbreaking news of the passing of your beloved son.
|Address by the President at the inauguration of the Terminal for the storage and management of petroleum products|
It is with great pleasure that I accepted your invitation to inaugurate the terminal of the VTT Vasilikos Ltd (VTTV) for the storage and management of petroleum products.
The project we are launching today is an important part of our wider Energy Centre. Our plans are ambitious. The developments planned in the Vasilikos area concern gas storage facilities and petroleum storage terminals with the aim to move the facilities from Larnaka, as well as the storage of the Republic’s national stocks. Furthermore, the area can be utilized in the framework of our energy policy in relation to natural gas reserves.
|References to the Cyprus problem by the President of the Republic|
We are determined to work with sincerity and desire for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will terminate the occupation, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, today said.
Addressing the participants at a seminar of the Youth Organization of Cyprus, the President of the Republic said, among others, that the problems the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth face “are common, unemployment is common, the problems of your future in particular are equally painful, if no way out is found through a viable and functional solution (to the Cyprus problem) with full respect for human rights. That is why it interests everybody”.
|The President held a social meeting with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community|
The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades had today a social meeting with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr Mustafa Akinci.
The two leaders met at 11 am today, at the Ledras street check point and walked to the occupied north of the old city of Nicosia.
President Anastasiades was accompanied by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides, the Mayor of Nicosia Mr Constantinos Yiorkatzis and the Greek Cypriot interlocutor Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis.