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Turkish Cypriots Need To Realise That Their Future Is Better With Greek Cypriots, President Anastasiades Says

Turkish Cypriots Need To Realise That Their Future Is Better With Greek Cypriots, President Anastasiades Says

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has conveyed a message to Turkish Cypriots to realise that as long as they depend on Turkey, they will suffer from the same problems the Turkish people are suffering.

In a speech on Wednesday at the annual general assembly of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (CCCI) President Anastasiades said it is high time for Turkish Cypriots to understand that they have more things in common to share with Greek Cypriots than with Turkey.

"We have provided proof of our determination and political will by reprehensible concessions, which we have made in order to convey the message that we want peaceful coexistence, we want to finally create those conditions that will allow us together to move forward", stressed President Anastasiades, in his address at the CCCI.

He said that the solution of the Cyprus issue is an aim and a vision that he had set from the beginning of his term in office and has shown over the years in politics.

Unfortunately, despite the efforts we make, Turkey`s goal remains unaltered and manifests itself and is implemented "through specific actions as recorded recently, whether these are interventions in the EEZ or the lifting of the status quo in Famagusta or giving away Greek Cypriot property in Karpasia for further militarization of Cyprus, or the threats we hear or the new positions they claim for a two-state solution,” he noted.

Presidential Elections

Referring to the next presidential elections, President Anastasiades said his term ends definitely on March 1st 2023 and he will hand over the presidency.

In a message to political parties, President Anastasiades said reforms will contribute significantly in the economic development and welfare of the island and in our way forward. It is high time for justice reform, he said, adding “imagine someone waiting 12 or 15 years for justice to be served" and added that "this is not justice."

Referring to the need to strengthen the economy and achieve sustainable, economic, social and environmental development, the President of the Republic said that at the heart of the Government`s efforts for the institutional, economic and social transformation is "Cyprus – tomorrow" Plan.

Focusing on the CCCI`s activities, President Anastasiades said that more than 540 million euros will be allocated to enhance the economy’s resilience as well as the energy transition, with green investments in a sustainable development model, which will promote, as he said, digital technologies and innovation, enhancing the competitiveness of Cypriot businesses and the products and services they offer.

Export Help Desk

Regarding exports, President Anastasiades expressed satisfaction as the efforts to strengthen the business ecosystem and increase exports, through the new trade policy 2021-2023 to further promote Cypriot products and services as well as subsidizing Cypriot businesses to participate in trade fairs and upgrading the Export Help Desk,  have all produced results.

He also reminded the announcement in August 2021, of a tender to create a brand "Made in Cyprus" establishing at last that some products are produced and are products of Cyprus as well as the call for tenders in November 2021 to formulate a strategy for the promotion of halloumi as a PDO.

President Anastasiades also said that the main objective is to strengthen actions regarding the transformation of Cyprus into a sustainable business and commercial centre of the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and beyond.

Source: CNA

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