“We need mea­sures to re­store con­fi­dence”

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades has stressed the need to im­ple­ment mea­sures that will re­store con­fi­dence, and not mea­sures that in­crease mis­trust among the cit­i­zens of the is­land.

Ad­dress­ing the “Ste­lios Bi-com­mu­nal Business Awards 2014” in Nicosia, he said that “un­for­tu­nately, the re­cent ac­tions by Turkey serve nei­ther the pur­pose of build­ing con­fi­dence and trust, nor of es­tab­lish­ing a con­struc­tive en­vi­ron­ment that can fa­cil­i­tate the ne­go­ti­at­ing process. On the con­trary: they foster mis­trust and raise se­ri­ous doubts within the Greek Cypriot com­mu­nity as re­gards Turkey’s true in­ten­tions”.

He stressed that “Cyprus’ nat­u­ral re­source wealth be­longs to the state, and, con­se­quently, it is through the so­lu­tion of the Cyprus prob­lem that all of the le­gal cit­i­zens of the is­land will be able to ben­e­fit from the gen­er­ated rev­enues that will arise from the ex­ploita­tion of our nat­u­ral re­source wealth”.

The sta­tus quo in Cyprus, he said, is un­ac­cept­able and all should demon­strate the same re­solve and com­mit­ment to ne­go­ti­ate in good faith.

“I as­sure my Turk­ish Cypriot com­pa­tri­ots that I re­main com­mit­ted and I will work tire­lessly and do my ut­most to reach a set­tle­ment on the Cyprus prob­lem. And this is the ex­act rea­son that through­out my term I have con­sciously avoided neg­a­tive pub­lic com­ments re­lated to the ne­go­ti­at­ing process, with the aim of cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive at­mos­phere to en­sure that the talks suc­ceed,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to the bi­com­mu­nal business awards, he praised the Ste­lios Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion that since 2009 has do­nated 1.2 mln euros to business projects that have demon­strated real com­mit­ment to the de­vel­op­ment of bi­com­mu­nal col­lab­o­ra­tion, in a di­verse range of sec­tors.

He praised the tire­less ef­forts of the Cyprus Cham­ber of Com­merce (KEVE) and the Turk­ish Cypriot Cham­ber (KTTO), as well as the business cham­bers of Greece and Turkey, which have cre­ated the “Nicosia Fi­nan­cial Fo­rum”, with the aim of hold­ing fre­quent meet­ings so as to help cre­ate a pos­i­tive cli­mate, im­ple­ment con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures, and pave the way for fur­ther eco­nomic and business co­op­er­a­tion.

The win­ners are: Niyazi Kizilyurek and Michalis Theodorou (pub­lish­ing books in 3 lan­guages); Con­stanti­nos Con­stanti­nou and Hakki Emir (restor­ing ceme­ter­ies); Ozgu Ozun and Ioan­nis Drous­si­o­tis (pi­lot train­ing, flight school); Kyr­i­a­cos Savvides and To­lay Celebi (beach safes to store valu­ables); Pieris Had­jip­ieris and Yakup En­gin TEL (restora­tion of Apos­to­los An­dreas monastery); George Ke­po­las and Neshe Yasin (book pub­lished, “Nicosia”); Gozde Pehli­van and Melanie Pap­pas-Le­mona (chil­dren’s train­ing - pre-teens); Nikos Pis­sou­rios and Ercim Ulug (kite surf­ing, mov­ing to a dif­fer­ent beach de­pend­ing which way the wind blows!); Ioan­nis Pa­padikos and To­sun Altinel (fish­ing and trad­ing in fish); Kostakis Kon­stanti­nou and Kufi Tulga (fish­ing - trad­ing in fish).

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