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‘Discovery of hydrocarbons should not be a cause of friction’

President Anastasiades speaking at an event to mark UN Day

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades called on all those involved in peaceful efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem and respect the principles and values of the United Nations and the EU would contribute, through decisive actions, to end the violation of Cyprus` sovereign rights by Turkey.

Addressing an event at the presidential palace to mark UN Day, Anastasiades said that he would be really happy if in his speech he could talk about progress achieved at the UN-led negotiations instead of having to talk about violations of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey.

He reiterated that he was compelled to suspend his participation in the negotiations on the Cyprus problem after Turkey violated the island’s EEZ thus instead of making progress the negotiations had taken a step backwards.

He also expressed hope that Turkey would realise that it was in the interest of the Turkish Cypriots and neighbouring countries as well as peace in general, to end the violations and to move forward in solving the Cyprus problem as soon as possible.

Anastasiades said that “the discovery of hydrocarbons should never be the cause of friction or conflict. On the contrary, it could be the cause of cooperation and prosperity of the people in Cyprus as a whole.”

Hydrocarbons belong to the state and after a solution is found the benefits will be enjoyed by all the legal residents of the country.

“We have no reason to deny Turkey from being among the buyers,” he said.

Anastasiades thanked the UN for the role it had undertaken under the Good Offices Mission of the UN Secretary General in its efforts to help Cypriots find a solution “a role that hopefully soon will not be necessary” he said.

“I wish for the day that the principles of the United Nations will dominate the relations of states and nations and that mankind will experience in practice the objectives of those who created the United Nations Organisation,” he added.

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