South Cyprus President Anastasiades has said that re-starting the talks on the Cyprus problem, aiming at a fair, viable and mutually acceptable solution “remains our first priority”.
According to an official announcement, the President of the Republic said that “we cannot afford another failure”, while saying that considerable participation by the EU was desirable.
Speaking during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, while receiving the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark Casper Klynge, President Anastasiades said the settlement must serve, above all, the legitimate interests of the Cypriot people as a whole and not that of any third country.
“The negotiations must be properly and thoroughly prepared in order to ensure that the aforementioned objectives are jointly and unequivocally shared and that the negotiations will bear fruit” the President said.
On the economic hardships, Cypriots are currently facing, the President said that “we are determined to work hard to address the painful consequences of restructuring the economy”. He added that a series of measures have been adopted, towards this end, aiming at increasing South Cyprus’ competitiveness and making it more business-friendly.
The Danish Ambassador said that the negotiations will not be easy, since a Cyprus solution will require demanding compromises and political perseverance on both sides. “However, reaching a result after almost five decades of division will be worth all efforts”, he added.