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President calls on EPP to contribute towards united Cyprus

President Anastasiades drew comparisons between recent events in the Ukraine and forty years ago in Cyprus

President Nicos Anastasiades yesterday called on the European People`s Party (EPP) to contribute towards a united Cyprus.

This could be achieved both by sending clear messages to all the stakeholders who must be actively engaged in the negotiating process and also through a more active engagement of the EU at the negotiating table.

Here they could provide expertise and ensure that the final solution is consistent with the acquis and the principles and values on which the Union is founded, he said.

In an intervention at the EPP Dublin Congress, Anastasiades referred to the situation in Ukraine, noting that it “should be of great concern to all of us” and that the EPP was compelled by the developments in Ukraine and the upcoming elections for the European Parliament, to work even harder so that the EPP emerges as the dominant political force in Europe”, which is “rendered even more essential today, due to developments in our neighbourhood”.

“As I refer to Ukraine, I am prompted to mention that what is happening in this country brings to mind what Cyprus has suffered, where one third of its territory has been under military occupation for the last 40 years”, the president said.

Anastasiades referred to the resumption of Cyprus talks, and the joint statement that preceded the new round, noting that the Greek Cypriot side had achieved the inclusion in the joint statement of a reference to the EU, and specifically to a final solution that would respect and safeguard the principles of the EU, and to a common future for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in a united Cyprus within the EU.

“Since 2004, Cyprus has been a full member state of the EU, and will continue to be a member following the solution. A united Cyprus needs to be able to participate actively and effectively in the EU. In this framework, I am calling for your substantial contribution, both through sending clear messages to all the stakeholders who must be actively engaged in the negotiating process and also through a more active engagement of the EU at the negotiating table, to provide expertise and to ensure that the final solution is consistent with the acquis and the principles and values on which the Union is founded,” he said. (CNA)


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