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The best guarantee for Cyprus was its European Union membership, the government said on Friday, following a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in Brussels.

“The Commission president and the president of the Republic shared the conviction that the best guarantee for the security of a member state was the functionality of the system of governance, as well as its capacity as a member of the EU,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.

According to the spokesman, Juncker reiterated his readiness to participate in the international conference for Cyprus on January 12.

Christodoulides said Malta had even changed the date – January 12 — for the event marking the start of its EU presidency to make it possible for Juncker and other European officials to be present at the Cyprus conference.

“The Commission is present at this crucial and historic moment for the Republic of Cyprus and it is prepared to assume its share of the responsibility towards a member state,” Christodoulides said.

In Nicosia meanwhile, Diko chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos insisted on Friday that the summit conclusions, issued the previous  night, essentially abolished the Republic.

Citing the text concerning Cyprus, Papadopoulos tweeted: “Republic of Cyprus became Cyprus in the EU decision. N. Anastasiades’ big new success. The abolition of our state continues.”

Christodoulides responded with a tweet of his own, quoting part of the text. “!!!!” “… Cyprus is and will remain a member of our Union.”

The full text of the conclusions referring to Cyprus said: “Following a presentation by the President of the Republic of Cyprus on the negotiations on a Cyprus settlement, the European Council reiterated its support to the ongoing process for the reunification of Cyprus. The EU, taking into account that Cyprus is and will remain a member of our Union after the Settlement, stands ready to participate at the Geneva Conference on Cyprus on 12 January 2017.”

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