Cypriots have the right to determine their own fate in an independent state, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday, adding that the country to be passed on to the next generation should have sound foundations, guaranteeing a secure future in a prosperous country with a European identity.
Speaking at an event he hosted at the Presidential Palace, with his wife, Andri Anastasiades, in honour of the Cyprus Children’s Fund, Anastasiades said that in order to achieve this, the Cyprus problem must be solved.
“Over the next few days, a new effort by the UN Secretary-General will culminate, with the visit to Cyprus of his envoy,” Jane Holl Lute, the President said, adding that he had assured Antonio Guterres and his associates that he was “ready to continue the effort, to determine the terms of reference that are a precondition for the creation of possibilities for an effective dialogue.”
In this respect, he said, the preparation requested by the UN Secretary-General is a crucial part of the developments to come.
“We have every right, as Cypriot citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to determine our own fate in an independent, sovereign state, fully harmonised with the EU principles, with the protection of all the citizens,” he said.