Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said that, while not wanting to raise expectations, the New Year may see the end of the occupation of Cyprus.
Delivering a televised message on New Year’s Eve, he said that he would continue working tirelessly towards resolving the Cyprus problem. He also tried to assure the Turkish Cypriots that that a Cyprus settlement would also address any concerns they have. He said:
“I want to assure them that I do not underestimate the concerns expressed. The solution basis agreed definitively eliminates any concern that rightly or wrongly go back to the past.
I want to assure you that my quest is not a solution that will create winners and losers. Our common desire should be the creation of a common homeland that through the legally regulated mutual respect of its citizens will create conditions of stability and prosperity and will function as an example of peaceful coexistence regardless of ethnic origin or religious belief.
The only way to end the regime of uncertainty and isolation or deprivation of the benefits of participation in a modern European state, is the acceptance of a solution that will not disregard the rights and concerns of the Greek Cypriots as well.”
At the end of his speech, Anastasiades said “I wish from the bottom of my heart 2016 is the year we will celebrate together, the restoration of peace in our country.”
Cyprus Mail (edited)