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President at World Humanitarian Summit (Updated)

A Cyprus solution could be found soon if the EU and UN values and principles are fully adopted, President Nicos Anastasiades said at the World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul on May on Monday and Tuesday.

“I hope that the leaders of interested parties will show the necessary courage to take decisions at the UN-led negotiating process aiming to reunite the island,” he said.

According to CNA sources, Anastasiades was welcomed at the summit by the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The conference, a United Nations initiative, started with a breakfast meeting of leaders and representatives of states at 8am presided over by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

On Monday Anastasiades met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte with whom he discussed the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and relations between Europe and Turkey.
Anastasiades made two interventions at the summit during which he underlined that both the consequences and the causes of the humanitarian crisis must be addressed and only then efforts could bear fruit.
Moreover, he said that leaderships must abstain from expansionist policies against the sovereignty of other states and must be ready to address the concerns of all involved in order to reach a win-win result.
On Monday evening, Anastasiades was attending a dinner hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in honour of the heads of state and government who are attending the conference.
On Tuesday he will hold bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers of Lebanon and Finland, and will visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate where he will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos.

Anastasiades is among 60 world leaders taking part in the summit.

It was convened by Banl with the main aim of building consensus among all UN Member States, international humanitarian agencies and organisations and the private sector to reform the existing international humanitarian system.

The ultimate goal of the summit is to better forecast and manage humanitarian crises caused by natural disasters or conflicts as well as providing the necessary commodities and services more effectively through the assumption of relevant commitments by the participants.
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