Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades delivered a speech on “the post-economic crisis in Cyprus” in Athens, on Wednesday.
“The solution is the most important reform for Cyprus in terms of economic development in the coming years,” he said, according to a report by Greek Cypriot daily ‘Alithia’, “The aim is to make the Republic of Cyprus become a normal state without gurantees, military bases and Turkish military presence and the right of intervention as Turkey wants,” Anastasiades said. He reiterated the accusation that Turkey was responsible for the collapse of the Cyprus negotiations in Crans-Montana and that Turkey wanted Cyprus to be a Turkish base for its military.
Greek Cypriot daily ‘Fileleftheros’ writes that Anastasiades pointed out that the foreign policy he applied was not unique, “We have developed relations with all neighbouring countries by establishing trilateral cooperation mechanisms with Greece, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Members of the UN Security Council have also been raised in relation to all countries,” he said.
Referring to the European Union, “We show that we are at the centre of developments in Europe, signing the “Permanent Structural Cooperation for Defence in the EU (PESCO)”. Most importantly, for the first time, the Republic of Cyprus has created a shield of protection against foreign interventions as a European frontier”, said Anastasiades.
“Our active involvement in the next summit meeting of the seven Mediterranean countries of the EU in Cyprus is also within this framework”, he noted.