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‘Cyprus settlement will complete reunification of Europe’

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said the reunification of Cyprus would complete the project that started in 1989 – the reunification of the whole of Europe.

He was addressing an event organised by the German Embassy in Nicosia to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the day of German Unity. “A solution of the Cyprus problem will not only benefit Cyprus and its people, Greek and Turkish but should hopefully also spread ripple effects throughout this troubled geographic neighbourhood,” he said.

He said the Germany “has become a beacon of inspiration for all of Europe, and especially for us here in Cyprus”.

“In times of crisis like these, where geopolitical uncertainty, war, uprooting, and human migration are just of the few problems facing Europe today, it is important to recall our own experiences, and to draw inspiration from the success story of the reunification of Europe and the founding of the European Union. Germany, a country at the forefront of all these historical developments, is rightly called on today to provide both solidarity and leadership in these trying times,” he said.

The President recalled that during his visit to Germany in 2014, he had a chance with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss and underline their common vision for Europe and highlight their commitment to closer and stronger bilateral relations between the two countries.

“I believe that Cyprus and Germany, so different and yet so similar, have a lot to share with one another, and even more to jointly offer to our common European family and beyond” he said. “Cyprus and its people draw courage and inspiration from German reunification”.

He added: “A reunited Cyprus will hopefully become a model case and an example to emulate and replicate in our region” and that “the reunification of Cyprus will complete the project that started in 1989: the reunification of the whole of Europe”.

Anastasiades, who leaves for Madrid on Wednesday is due meet Merkel there to discuss comments she made on Sunday in Istanbul that she would push Turkey’s EU accession forward in exchange for help in tackling the EU migrant crisis by opening some chapters that are currently blocked by Cyprus.


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