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Greek, Turkish Cypriots need to overcome their suspicions

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday it was time for the two sides on the island to overcome their suspicions and work towards the reunification of the island.

Delivering his eulogy at the funeral of former president Glafcos Clerides, Anastasiades said he will work tirelessly towards creating a modern state that would respect and ensure the human rights of all its people.

“In my view, it is time we overcame the rational suspicions caused by the passion and hatred of the past because we deserve a better future,” Anastasiades said.

“My hope is that my Turkish Cypriot compatriots and Turkey share the same vision and will work towards this, putting any expediencies aside, so that we soon achieve what was Glafcos Clerides’ life purpose. “The country should not be a point of conflict about yesterday and today, Anastasiades said. It should be all about vision, optimism, and hope for tomorrow. “Our tomorrow and that of our children,” he added.

Anastasiades said Clerides within the European Union and had managed to emerge from the events of the 1974 Turkish invasion without carrying bitterness in his heart but rather was a modest, moderate and conciliatory leader.

As president, Clerides worked for a solution to the Cyprus problem just as he worked to prepare the country towards accession to the European Union, Anastasiades said.

Glafcos Clerides was fortunate enough to see one of his two great visions come true. The other remained unfulfilled, since Cyprus today still remains divided,” Anastasiades said.

Anastasiades thanked his mentor for teaching him that serving a country best comes from accountability and responsibility “regardless of the political cost.  “That the duty towards
your country is to be useful, not likeable.” Clerides’ loss in the 2003 presidential elections put a stop to his efforts to find a solution “that would meet the- expectations of our people,” Anastasiades said. He appealed to Clerides’ legacy of understanding, dialogue and reconciliations as the foundations for a solution.

On Monday, US State Department spokesperson Jennifer Psaki urged all parties involved in the Cyprus problem to make-the most of the current, window of opportunity and to restart comprehensive talks.

Psaki was speaking to the media following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is visiting the United States.

Psaki said that Kerry and Davutoglu talked about a range of issues including the Cyprus problem and they both expressed their commitment to the issue.

“There’s no change to our policy to announce, but it was one of the issues discussed. Turkey plays, as I said, a very large role in so many ways,” Psaki said.

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