Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Cyprus will open new prospects for ship­ping sec­tor, Pres­i­dent tells shipown­ers

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A so­lu­tion of the Cyprus prob­lem will open new prospects for ships fly­ing the Cypriot flag, Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades said in his ad­dress to the din­ner hosted by the Cyprus Ship-Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace on Mon­day.

Anas­tasi­ades spoke of the on­go­ing talks with Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci which aim to re­unify the is­land un­der a fed­eral roof.

He pointed out that “it is well known than Tur­key, which does not recog­nise the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus, has im­posed an em­bargo on ves­sels un­der the flag of Cyprus in Turk­ish ports.”

Con­se­quently, a so­lu­tion to the Cyprus prob­lem will open new prospects for the ships fly­ing the Cypriot flag, he added.

So far, he said, sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made in the talks, not­ing how­ever that there are also hur­dles “which we try, nev­er­the­less, to ad­dress hav­ing as a ba­sis the Euro­pean ac­quis and the fact that Cyprus is an EU mem­ber state.”

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades then em­pha­sised that “our ob­jec­tive is of course to be free from the oc­cu­pa­tion army, to re­unify the coun­try on the ba­sis of a fed­eral struc­ture – as has been pre­vi­ously agreed, bi­zonal, bi­com­mu­nal - but with strong pow­ers for the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and, most im­por­tantly, by safe­guard­ing hu­man rights.”

He ex­pressed the hope that “our ef­forts will suc­ceed, par­tic­u­larly if Tur­key, which con­tin­ues to be the oc­cu­py­ing coun­try, also con­trib­utes to this end.”

“We will con­tinue this ef­fort with de­ter­mi­na­tion”, he stressed, adding that the sta­tus quo is “un­ac­cept­able.”

At the wel­com­ing re­cep­tion in Li­mas­sol on Sun­day, Anas­tasi­ades said that ship­ping com­pa­nies con­tinue to trust Cyprus as the base of their oper­a­tions, de­spite the eco­nomic cri­sis and that the mar­itime in­dus­try con­tin­ues to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the coun­try’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

He pledged that the gov­ern­ment will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to de­velop the sec­tor fur­ther and ad­dress mod­ern chal­lenges suc­cess­fully.

The Pres­i­dent re­ferred to sta­tis­ti­cal data show­ing that the Cypriot econ­omy has re­turned to growth in the first half of 2015. “In this, I recog­nise the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of the ship­ping in­dus­try,” he noted.

“Our coun­try is con­sid­ered one of the top mar­itime cen­tres, since it ranks among the first three in the EU and is the tenth largest world­wide.

“A key fac­tor for this is the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the public and the pri­vate sec­tor,” the Pres­i­dent con­cluded.

Dur­ing the event, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades awarded Koji Sekimizu, the out­go­ing Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion, an honorary plaque for his con­tri­bu­tion in pro­mot­ing the goals of the ship­ping sec­tor.

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