President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou has expressed disappointment over Turkish intransigence, noting that it was necessary for the United States to exert influence on Turkey to implement international law, and for Cyprus` European partners to press Turkey to meet its accession obligations, namely to recognise the Republic of Cyprus and cooperate substantively for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Briefing a group of students from the Greek overseas community in the US, who are in Cyprus in the context of an annual educational visit organised by the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (ΑΗΙF), Omirou noted that the solution should be in line with UN resolutions and EU principles and values.
AHI President Nick Larigakis referred to the positive results of the educational visits, since many students go on to work at decision-making centres in the US, and reaffirmed AHI`s support to Cyprus` issues.
Larigakis and the students also met with Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who referred to the Cyprus problem, the government`s efforts for the recovery of the economy, and Cyprus` new geostrategic role in the region, also in the light of developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Ukraine.
During the meeting, Larigakis reaffirmed the support of the overseas Greek community and noted the increased US interest in Cyprus and the fact that Cyprus is considered a strategic partner.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed sincere appreciation for the United States’ principled stance on the Cyprus problem, for its interest and commitment in efforts to reunify the island, and for its support of the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.
In his address at the reception for the 238th anniversary of US Independence, in the US Embassy in Nicosia, which was read by the Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides, the President expressed satisfaction on the excellent level of bilateral relations between the two countries, that have been characterized as a “strategic partnership”.
He referred to the recent visit of Vice President Biden to Cyprus, noting that it demonstrates the growing significance of the Cyprus-US relations as well as Cyprus’ importance as a stable and reliable partner to the US.
“Our two countries’ shared commitment to and respect of the universal values of democracy, justice, human rights, and the rule of law, have been the bedrock upon which these relations have been forged and anchored” the President said.
He further conveyed the appreciation of the Cyprus government for the growing cooperation between the two countries, which, as he said, is critical for Cyprus assuming its pivotal role towards contributing to stability and peace in the volatile region of the Eastern Mediterranean.
“We are grateful for the valuable assistance provided by the United States on a number of fronts, such as counter-terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and crisis response” President Anastasiades noted.
He added that the government of Cyprus wishes to continue strengthening these amicable ties and expanding cooperation with the US for the mutual benefit of the two peoples.
He referred finally to the vision of the Founding Fathers of the US about equality and the right of all people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“It is for these very inalienable rights that we are striving to reach a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem that will protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens of the united Cyprus within the EU,” the President concluded.