Cyprus can no longer afford to remain divided, President Nicos Anastasiades told children of the US Diaspora on Tuesday.
Hosting the children during a visit to the presidential palace, Anatasiades said the new round of negotiations, which began a week ago, aims to reach a solution that would both address the concerns of Greek Cypriots without neglecting the concerns of Turkish Cypriots “so that the inhabitants of this country, of any origin, can live together “.
This would include the basic principles of the EU, and the UN Charter in safeguarding human rights and basic freedoms.
“We cannot afford to remain divided, we cannot afford to risk the existence of Hellenism in this country and we don’t have the luxury to continue thinking that either we or the Turkish Cypriots can survive while divided,” said Anastasiades.
“We respect the identity of our Turkish Cypriot compatriots, and at the same time we want them to respect our ethnic origins as well. And the state we are trying to build calls for peaceful coexistence, irrespective of the ethnic origin of each citizen.”
Children from the Athletic Association “Eleftheria-Pancyprian” of New York also visited the House of Representatives on Tuesday morning,