President Nicos Anastasiades was admitted late on Thursday afternoon to a Brussels hospital, specialising in Ear, Nose and Throat treatment, where he underwent specialised treatment, the palace in Nicosia said in a statement.
“The President of the Republic’s health is in good condition and it was his personal choice to remain at the hospital overnight for purely precautionary reasons,” said the statement..
Anastasiades was taken to a hospital in Brussels early on Thursday after suffering prolonged nosebleeds. He was treated and returned to his hotel.
According to government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, doctors confirmed that the nosebleeds were a result of high blood pressure.
“He was given the proper treatment but due to the nosebleeds and need to avoid a recurrence of the phenomenon, it was recommended he remain in bed for the next 48 hours,” said the spokesman, adding that the president would be closely monitored by a doctor.
As a result of his ailment, the president would miss the European Council meeting where he was intending to drum up support for the denunciation of Turkey’s seismic research in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Instead, he spoke on the phone with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and with the head of the European People’s Party Joseph Daul, informing them that he will not be able to attend the EPP Summit or the European Council. He will, however, give his views in writing, which will be distributed at both meetings.
Christodoulides said the president relayed Cyprus’ views on Turkey’s actions, as outlined in the recent National Council meeting, to both Van Rompuy and Daul.
Anastasiades was unable to meet with UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels, as scheduled.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was to represent Anastasiades at the European Council and EPP sessions, where he would present the positions of the Republic of Cyprus.
Christodoulides said Samaras visited the President earlier on Thursday at his hotel in Brussels, and wished him a speedy recovery.