Anastasiades' remarks at the 4th Summit of the leaders of the Southern EU countries, in Rome

Anastasiades' remarks at the 4th Summit of the leaders of the Southern EU countries, in Rome
Spiros Sideris reporting from Rome

Nikos Anastasiades, the President of Cyprus made the below statements, in Rome, at the 4th Summit of the leaders of the Union states of the south:

A common objective is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the European principles and the European acquis, so that by creating a truly independent state far and away from guarantees, intervention rights or occupation forces, all the citizens of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will be able to enjoy the benefits of Europe, said the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades tonight.

In his remarks to reporters in the framework of the 4th Summit Conference of the Heads of State or Government of the southern member states of the European Union, which took place in Rome, President Anastasiades said that “I am especially pleased that we had the opportunity, following the invitation of our friend Paolo, to meet today in Rome, in order to discuss, prior to the Conference of 23 February, a series of issues that are included in the Joint Communique of Rome.

We had the opportunity, during first part of the proceedings, to discuss ways for strengthening the economic growth of our countries, thereby securing, in this way, a better standard of living for our citizens.

We believe that through the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union and the creation of appropriate conditions to enhance the attraction of the investments that will also lead to the increase of employment positions offered, we will achieve the goal of greater prosperity for our people, which is also the goal of our European vision.

We discussed the issue of migration, and whereas we express our satisfaction for the positive results achieved by the measures that have been adopted until now, nevertheless we cannot stop to worry with regard to the migration routes and flows that are formed according to the choices made by the people-movers, something that makes vigilance absolutely essential.

The most important thing, however, is that we ascertained that maximum solidarity is demanded, at least with regard to the frontline countries that receive the flows of migrants.

Another element for which I want to express my special satisfaction, concerns the understanding that I encountered from my friends and colleagues as far as the existence and the strengthening of an even better Europe, something that is held back by the continuation of a European problem that remains unsolved for some 44 years now.

A common objective is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the European principles and the European acquis, so that by creating a truly independent state far and away from guarantees, intervention rights or occupation forces, all the citizens of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will be able to enjoy the benefits of Europe.

At the same time, we were given the opportunity to discuss issues about the energy security of Europe, and in this context I had the opportunity to brief the leaders about the developments in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, the discoveries in the region that are, in fact, a very important development and which, through the East Med pipeline I believe can provide a source of security to the EU.

Simultaneously, I pointed out the violations we experience in exercising our sovereign rights, as a result of illegal actions that are unfortunately observed on the part of Turkey.

I want to repeat my gratification for the mutual understanding and the creation of the preconditions so that the Summit Conference of the Seven will become a forum of deliberation and understanding, not as a separate block in the EU, but of mutual understanding of the problems that the countries of the south face.

I am particularly pleased and I look forward for Cyprus to host the 5th Summit Conference of the Seven, very shortly, within March at the latest.".../IBNA

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