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We are determined to work hard for a peaceful solution, President stresses

President Nicos Anastasiades at Cyprus' Independence Day parade

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his determination to work hard for a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem.

The President, who received on Wednesday in Nicosia the salute of the military parade for Cyprus’ Independence Day, said he was proud of the Cypriot armed forces, expressing at the same time hope that the necessary conditions are created so that the armed forces will never have to intervene.

He expressed his determination to work hard in order to reach a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem, that will meet the expectations and the “legitimate concerns of the European citizens of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”, a viable and functional solution providing for a modern state which will guarantee the future of the new generations.

Today`s anniversary, he added, is an opportunity to pay tribute to the leaders, the fighters, the heroes of the 1955-59 anti-colonial struggle, as well as to those who safeguarded the Cypriot state during 1963-64 and those who gave their lives during the coup d`etat in 1974 for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

At the same time, he said, today`s anniversary is an opportunity for self-criticism and for the need to create prospects for a truly promising future.

Concluding, he congratulated the Minister of Defence, the chief of the National Guard and those who participated at the military parade.

Earlier, the President, accompanied by the members of the Council of Ministers, attended a memorial service at the Imprisoned Graves, where he laid a wreath in honor of the 13 fighters who are interred there, during the 1955-1959 liberation struggle (EOKA) against the British rule.

“Today we pay tribute to the leaders and fighters of the EOKA 1955-1959 struggle” the President wrote in the book of visitors, adding that self-criticism and unity are the only way forward for the salvation of Cypriot Hellenism.

CNA

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