New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Photo: Dimitrios Panagos
President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, told overseas Cypriots and Greek Americans that a new dynamic will be created in the Cyprus problem that will allow the dialogue which will begin to have a positive conclusion.
Addressing a community gathering at the Stathakeion Center in Astoria, New York, President Anastasiades, said that the interest concerning Cyprus has been upgraded and the picture that he gets is that the positions of the Greek Cypriot side are now respected.
The President told the gathering that the talks should be well prepared but also Turkey should take bold steps.
He repeated his proposal for a series of confidence building measures which include the return of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta.
“Such conditions will be created and such dynamic allowing the new dialogue that will start to lead us to a favorable ending”, the President said, adding that his proposal includes a greater involvement on the part of the EU.
The President further remarked that “what we need is good will from those who maintained an intransigent position that did not allow us to continue in our negotiations”.
The event was organized by the Cyprus Federation of America and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. A crowd of more than 300 people that attended the event received warmly the Cypriot president, who was celebrating on Friday his 67th birthday.
Former Presedinte of Cyprus Federation, Peter Papanicolaou presented Nicos Anastasiades to the audience, while the president of the Hellenic Federation Elias Tsekerides, welcoming the Cypriot President stressed that the community works united to Help Greece and Cyprus.
The president of Cyprus Federation Kostas Tsentas assured President Anastasiaeds that all Greeks in America are supporting the Cypriot people in their struggle to reunite the island and the return of the refugees to their homes.
PSEKA president Philip Christopher called on the Greek American Community to send a message of encouragement to the Cypriot President.
Following the event, Cyprus Federation hosted President Anastasiades and his entourage.
The relaunch of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement remains the government’s first priority, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has pledged.
Addressing the Cyprus Federation of America’s 2013 Testimonial Dinner, that took place in New York Wednesday evening for the benefit of the needy children of Cyprus, President Anastasiades also said that Cyprus is working tirelessly towards the restructuring of the economy.
“The re-launching of the negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General in the framework of his Good Offices Mission, aiming at a fair, viable and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus question based on the relevant Security Council Resolutions and the principles upon which the EU operates, remains our first priority”, said the President.
He noted that the settlement must serve, above all, the legitimate interests and be for the benefit of the people of Cyprus as a whole and not for any third country.
Anastasiades underlined that 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”.
“We cannot afford another failure,” he stressed.
He expressed “firm conviction that the substantive involvement of the European Union in this procedure is desirable”.
President Anastasiades said that in spite of the economic hardships, “Cyprus as a whole is working tirelessly towards the much-needed restructuring of its economy. Unfortunately, the painful consequences impact the most vulnerable”.
The Government, he added, has implemented a series of measures to overcome the challenges, but targeted and well-organised philanthropy, such as last night’s event, is also crucial.
President Anastasiades praised the three philanthropists who were honoured for their dedication to Hellenism, Orthodoxy and humanity, Michael and Mary Jaharis, as well as George A. David.
He also commended the Cyprus Federation of America, which has been a pioneer in establishing close ties between the people of Cyprus and the United States. With over 25 active chapters across the US, it has worked tirelessly in support of collective efforts for the reunification of Cyprus and the restoration of the human rights of its people.
Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos also addressed the event, as well as Archbishop Demetrios of America.