It was not his intention to mislead people by creating false expectations, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday, reiterating his resolve to fight for the island’s reunification despite the problems.
Speaking at the annual dinner of the Cyprus Federation of America in New York, Anastasiades said progress has been achieved in the ongoing dialogue between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities but problems still existed.
“I would like to stress that I will never mislead the people by creating empty hopes,” he said. “However, if we are determined to avoid the worst … we shall fight to save our country, with patience and with all our powers.”
He added that conditions of peaceful co-existence should be created, noting that “the problems were created by the foreign interventions and these are what we want to end. This is what we seek through our efforts, peace dialogue, our foreign policy of building bridges of cooperation with the USA, Israel, the Arab world, never forgetting our old good friends.”
The president his administration’s policy was based on building and establishing the necessary relations to achieve the “one and only goal: To see our country free, (and) reunited.”
Anastasiades said in his eyes there was no northern or southern Cyprus.
“There is only one Cyprus, which belongs to all Cypriots, both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. This is the country we should safeguard for everybody.”
He assured finally that the government and himself considered the solution of the Cyprus problem as “our highest and most urgent national priority.”
The president was scheduled to meet United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon later on Saturday evening, New York time.
Also Friday, Anastasiades discussed bilateral relations and economic prospects with India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The two met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, in New York. A meeting with Archbishop Demetrios of America also took place.
Anastasiades also participated in the High Level Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
During the opening day, approximately 150 State and Government leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims at eradicating poverty and protecting the environment, while it seeks to build a life with dignity for people, without any exemptions.
The main speaker of the opening meeting was Pope Francis, while the UN Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly also addressed the Summit. The leaders of the States are expected to address the Summit during the weekend.