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Address by the President at the inauguration of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

11/07/2016

I am exceptionally pleased to inaugurate today the Emirati Embassy in Cyprus. It is often said that actions speak louder than words. Such is the Emirati Government’s action to open an Embassy in Nicosia; a milestone decision which, I am convinced, will play a decisive role in further strengthening our bilateral cooperation. The opening of the Embassy signals a new chapter in our relations, one that will certainly facilitate the expansion of the cooperation and interaction between our Governments, our institutions and our societies.

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Address by the President on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission

05/07/2016

It is a great pleasure and an honor to be among such distinguished friends in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. First of all, allow me to praise the Chairman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, Mrs. Demetra Kalogirou, as well as the board and personnel of the Commission, for their hard work and efforts in establishing a well regulated and supervised securities market in Cyprus, ensuring the highest of standards of investor protection and the steady growth and development of the securities market.

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The President of the Republic will participate in the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM11) in Mongolia

13/07/2016

The President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades will depart late tonight for Mongolia where he will participate in the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM11) of Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) with Asian states, which will take place on 15-16 July in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Among other items, the Summit Meeting will deal with issues concerning the future of the ASEM, with the focal point being the promotion of the affiliation for deepening and upgrading the cooperation between Asia and Europe, as well as international and regional matters.

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Remarks by the President of the Republic

10/07/2016

The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades today expressed the hope that the facts will be stated properly in the report of the UN Secretary General, noting that those who brief the UN Secretary General must be very careful. In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of the annual memorial service for the people from the village of Chandria fallen during the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, the President of the Republic, when asked to comment on a reference by the UN Secretary General in his report about a missed opportunity with regard to cooperation between the two communities for extinguishing the fires in the region of Solea, said that “I want to hope that in the final report the facts will be stated properly.

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The President meets with state leaders on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit

15/07/2016

The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades held today separate meetings with heads of state and government on the sidelines of the ASEM 11 Summit in Mongolia. In his meeting with the President of Mongolia, President Anastasiades discussed issues related to the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them, the consultations between the two countries to reach agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, the EU-Mongolian relations and matters relating to the agenda of the ASEM 11 Summit. The President of the Republic also briefed his Mongolian counterpart on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem.

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Intervention by the President at the Plenary Session I “Two Decades of Partnership: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead,” at the ASEM 11 Summit

15/07/2016

First of all, I would like to extend my sincere condolences of my Government and the people of Cyprus to the victims’ families, relatives and friends, and to the people of France, as regards yesterday’s tragic events in Nice. Allow me to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the President of Mongolia for the warm hospitality extended to us here in Ulaanbaatar.

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Contacts of the President of the Republic with EU leaders, the Prime Minister of Russia and other Heads of State and Government of ASEM, in Mongolia

16/07/2016

In view of the developments in Turkey, early this morning, the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades had a series of consultations with the President of the European Commission Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker the President of the European Council Mr. Donald Tusk, the High Representative of the Union Mrs. Federica Mogherini, and the attending heads of state and government of the EU, with regard to a joint reaction to what is happening in Turkey. Later on, the President of the Republic participated in a discussion of the heads of state and government who are attending the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM), on the current challenges concerning security and terrorism.

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The President of the Republic leaves for Brussels

27/06/2016

The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades leaves today afternoon for Brussels where he will participate in the European Council Summit on 28 and 29 June. Among other items, the proceedings of the Council are expected to deal with the result of the referendum in the United Kingdom for its exit from the EU, Migration, issues concerning Employment, Growth and Investments as well as the EU’s foreign relations.

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Written statement by the President of the Republic

23/06/2016

I want to warmly congratulate and to express my thanks and gratitude to all the officers of the Fire Brigade, the Forestry Department, the Civil Defense, the Police, the District Administration of Nicosia, and generally to all the civil servants, as well as to the officers and soldiers of the National Guard, and especially to the volunteers for their paticipation in the large scale operation to extinguish the fire in the region of Solea. All these people who, with self-sacrifice and in a coordinated manner, contributed to the efforts to protect human lives, the environment and residential areas. I also extend warm thanks to the friendly countries of Israel, Greece, France, the United Kingdom and Italy, as well as to the European Union, for their assistance which was valuable at this difficult times our country has experienced. I extend thanks also to the Russian Federation for its immediate interest and willingness to support the fire extinguishing operation.

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Statement by the Presidency of the Republic

21/06/2016

Following the statements made by the Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Mustafa Akinci communicated with the President of the Republic to convey to him the readiness of Turkey to contribute with aerial firefighting means in the ongoing effort to extinguish the fire in the area of Solea. The President of the Republic expressed his thanks to Mr Akinci saying that: the Republic of Cyprus accepts the Turkish assistance provided that this will be integrated in the framework of the state operational planning within which the international contribution, with the participation of Israel, Greece, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and institutionally the European Union, is currently underway.

Statement by the Presidency of the Republic

13/06/2016

Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Αναστασιάδης και η Κυβέρνηση καταδικάζουν μετά βδελυγμίας την τρομοκρατική επίθεση στο Ορλάντο, των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, που είχε ως αποτέλεσμα το θάνατο 50 ανθρώπων και τον τραυματισμό δεκάδων άλλων. Τέτοιες άνανδρες πράξεις προκαλούν τον αποτροπιασμό της διεθνούς κοινότητας, αλλά και κάθε ευνομούμενου κράτους ξεχωριστά, ισχυροποιώντας ακόμη περισσότερο την αποφασιστικότητα της για την αντιμετώπιση της τρομοκρατίας. Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας και η Κυβέρνηση εκφράζουν ειλικρινή συλλυπητήρια προς τις οικογένειες των θυμάτων, την Κυβέρνηση λαό των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών

Address by the President on the occasion of the National Day of the Russian Federation

10/06/2016

I am delighted to be here this evening to celebrate with you the National Day of the Russian Federation. On this distinct occasion, we join the Russian people in honoring the new constitutional era, established with the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on June 12, 1990. This festive day provides also an occasion to pay tribute to the powerful links that bind our two countries together and to reaffirm the exceptional level of the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Russia.

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Address by the President at the EU Heads of Mission Lunch

09/06/2016

It is a great pleasure to join you today and I would like to sincerely thank Ambassador Schwachofer for organising today’s meeting. At the outset I wish to congratulate the Netherlands for progressing on the priorities it set as Presidency of the Council. During these very challenging times for our common home, the Netherlands led the boat skillfully in very turbulent waters. In fact, as one of the EU’s founding Members, the Netherlands managed to exhibit pragmatism and determination while managing multiple crises in a difficult political context characterized by existential challenges, such as the immigration crisis at the EU borders, the rise in Euroscepticism and populism, the looming threat of Brexit and the continuing economic crisis.

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The President of the Republic sent a message of condolence to the President of Israel

09/06/2016

The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades sent today a message of condolence to the President of Israel Mr Reuven Rivlin. In his message President Anastasiades stated the following: “On behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, as well as on my own behalf, allow me to convey my sincere condolences following the heinous terrorists attack that struck yesterday Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, against innocent civilians.

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Remarks by the President of the Republic about the talks on the Cyprus problem

08/06/2016

If through the intensification of the talks it appears that more convergences are created and if there is willingness for this, then there is hope for the solution of the Cyprus problem within the year, said the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades today. In his remarks to reporters following his arrival at the Presidential Palace from the site where the direct talks on the Cyprus problem take place, the President of the Republic, when asked about this meeting today with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, said that “I have to say that that it was a creative meeting during which we examined the methodology, but also, at the same time, the intensification of the talks was decided, which will be taking place twice a week.”

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Address by the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades at the 11th Cyprus-Russian Festival

04/06/2016

It is a great pleasure to address the official opening ceremony of the 11th Cyprus – Russian Festival. A Festival that is incredibly well-attended and popular and during these past 11 years, through sharing the unique aspects of the rich culture and traditions of our countries, has been firmly established as an event that fosters unity, social cohesion and mutual understanding between our two peoples, in celebration of our well-established and genuine friendship.

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The President attended a Bicommunal Event at the House of Cooperation

02/06/2016

The President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Andri Anastasiades, attended today a bicommunal event at the House of Cooperation in the presence of the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr. Mustafa Akinci and his spouse. The event was organized by the Technical Committee on Education, with the participation of children from the two communities who attend various schools in the free and occupied areas of Cyprus.

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Remarks by the President of the Republic

02/06/2016

On 8 July, there will be a meeting of intensive talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem between the leaders of the two communities, the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades announced today. In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of a bi-communal event at the House of Cooperation, and in the presence of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mustafa Akinci, the President of the Republic said that “we had the opportunity, on the sidelines of the event, to talk with Mr. Akinci and to arrange a new date for a meeting of intensive consultations so that if and when there is common ground, to reach as soon as possible a solution that is desired by all. The date has been set for 8 June.”

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