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The President of the Republic received the credentials of the new
Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today,
during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials
of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Republic of Cyprus,
Mr Marko Blagojevic.
Presenting his credentials, the Ambassador said:
“Your Excellency,
I have the honour to present to Your Excellency the Letters of
Credence, by which the President of the Republic of Serbia accredited
me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of
Serbia to the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Letters of Recall for
my predecessor.
I take this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency and through You
to the Government and people of the Republic of Cyprus the warmest
greetings and best wishes from the President of the Republic of
Serbia, Mr Aleksandar Vučić, and from the friendly people of Serbia.
Your Excellency,
As I assume my responsibilities as Ambassador to Your friendly
country, I am encouraged to know that the good relations between our
two countries are anchored on foundations of traditional friendship,
mutual support and solidarity since the Cyprus independence.
I would like, on this occasion, to thank the Cypriot people and the
Government of the Republic of Cyprus for sincere and strong support
given to my country and my people. I would like also to express my
hope that the overall good relations between the Republic of Serbia
and the Republic of Cyprus will even grow stronger in the upcoming
period. There are many opportunities for enhancing the bilateral
cooperation in all fields.
One of the aims of the Republic of Serbia is European integration and
we much appreciate the support of the Republic of Cyprus on our path
of becoming a part of larger European family and a full member of the
European Union. The experience of the Republic of Cyprus in this field
is of great value for us.
Your Excellency,
The Republic of Cyprus has always shown to be a friend of my country.
Our nations shared rather similar experiences through the years and
faced similar problems regarding the respect of territorial integrity
and sovereignty of the country, fighting for the full implementation
of standards and principles of international law. In this respect, the
Republic of Cyprus will always have a firm support of our Government
and our people in reaching a fair and viable solution of the Cyprus
problem, which will be mutually and freely agreed by both communities
and based on the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions
and EU acquis.
Serbia is dedicated in finding the solution for the Kosovo and
Metohija question in the framework of the United Nations Security
Council Resolution 1244, dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina with
the mediation of the EU, with full respect of the sovereignty and
territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia. We appreciate the
principle support of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the solution of
this problem.
Dear Mr President,
History between our two countries and nations has been unique, toned
and colored by mutual reliance which created unprecedented ties
forming a trusted friendship. No small nations have been so cruelly
tested in the previous and preceding centuries as has been the case
with Serbia and Cyprus. Still, we demonstrated our strength and
vitality and managed to cope with enormous challenges. We continued to
persist and advance our societies. I am certain that we shall progress
in the future as well relying on our united efforts.
Our commonly shared values made it easier for our leaders to cement
Serb-Cypriot mutual backing that has been proven in the times of need.
I would specifically underline our shared fate and respect for
traditional culture deriving from Hellenism and Byzantine empire.
Orthodox Christianity made an eternal imprint on both nations giving
birth to virtues we profoundly respect and which are impregnated in
the very essence of our lives and goals.
I wish specifically to express profound gratitude to Cyprus for the
understanding and support my country enjoyed during the difficult
times we endured in the last decade of the 20th century. Numerous
actions have been undertaken on the part of your citizens, parliament
and government which are topping the list of benevolence towards
Serbia. Our common past is the best guarantee for the present and
future cooperation between our two states.
Your Excellency,
I would like to assure You that I will make every effort to further
enhance the traditionally friendly relations and cooperation in all
the fields between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Cyprus,
to the benefit of our two countries and peoples.
Thank You.”
Receiving the credentials, President Anastasiades said:
“Your Excellency,
It is with great pleasure and genuine feelings of friendship that I
receive today your Letters of Credence appointing you as the new
Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Republic of Cyprus. Please
accept my sincere congratulations for your appointment, and Ι would
like to assure you that my Government and I personally will provide
you with every assistance necessary in the performance of your high
duties.
Our countries enjoy an excellent level of bilateral relations already,
but I am most certain that we can reinforce and expand even further
these relations, to the benefit of both our countries.
Cyprus is and will remain an advocate for the European perspective of
the Western Balkans. In this respect, allow me to congratulate your
Government for the progress you have achieved in your accession
negotiations and wish you every success in your efforts for completing
these negotiations successfully. Cyprus looks forward to welcoming
Serbia in the European Union family.
Your Excellency,
As regards the latest developments in the negotiations for a
comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus Problem, a joint meeting was
held between the leaders of the two communities with the United
Nations Secretary - General on 4 June 2017. During the meeting it was
decided to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus, starting on 28 June,
with the UN explicitly underlining that the Chapter of Security and
Guarantees is an essential element in reaching an overall agreement.
On 30 June, the United Nations Secretary – General, during his first
presence and participation in the Conference on Cyprus and following
consultations with all parties involved, set the parameters within
which, always according to the results of his recommendations, the
negotiations should move forward, in order to achieve progress and/or
convergences on six thematic topics, including on the Chapter of
Security and Guarantees and the issue of foreign troops. The UN
Secretary General’s specifically stated:
- The Treaty of Guarantee, and the unilateral right of intervention
should be terminated, and replaced by strong implementation and
monitoring mechanisms of the settlement, which will include an
international dimension (UN / multilateral – international framework /
friendly countries).
- On foreign troops there must be drastic reduction from the first day
of the entry into force of the settlement, and subsequently the number
of forces to be reduced in the 1960 levels; the issue of a clause of
the termination for the stay of the troops, or a clause for review
should be discussed in the presence of the Prime Ministers of the
three guarantor powers.
As a result of the refusal by the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot side
to negotiate within the limits set by the parameters that the UN
Secretary - General, and in view of an imminent impasse, our side
undertook an initiative, and on July 5, under specific preconditions,
submitted specific proposals that addressed the concerns of the
Turkish Cypriots, without ignoring the sensitivities of the Greek
Cypriot side, always in line with the outline presented by the UN
Secretary – General.
Our written proposal clearly stressed that none of the proposals would
come into force if the unilateral right of intervention and the
guarantees were not terminated; if there was no withdrawal of the
occupation forces with a specific timetable; and if the just demands
of the Greek Cypriot side on territorial readjustments were not
satisfied. At the same time, we proposed a credible monitoring
mechanism for the implementation and monitoring of the settlement.
On July 6, in the presence of the UN Secretary – General and during
the long consultations that followed, Mr Cavusoglu, albeit implying
that Turkey was ready to show flexibility, stubbornly refused to
reveal the Turkish positions, while at the same time demanding the
prior satisfaction of the Turkish Cypriot positions on the internal
dimension of the Cyprus problem, with special emphasis on the need to
satisfy the Turkish demand on the issue of the equivalent treatment of
Greek and Turkish citizens, and also the Turkish position for the
solution to become primary law of the European Union.
In view of the imminent deadlock, the UN Secretary - General took the
initiative to propose a short communique that would register generally
acceptable positions on the Chapter on Security and Guarantees, and
also on some other Chapters where it was thought possible for a
convergence of views to be achieved.
Unfortunately, Mr Cavusoglu finally revealed that the position of
Turkey remained unchanged and, namely, that the system of security and
guarantees and also the right of intervention must be maintained with
a review clause in fifteen years’ time, whereas on the issue of the
troops the absolute position of Turkey was that whatever number is
agreed upon will remain permanently in Cyprus.
In order to avoid aggravation of a further crisis, the Secretary
General assumed the burden of responsibility stating that, in view of
the developments, it seemed that on the issue of the termination of
the Treaty of Guarantee, and the right of intervention, his
suggestions throughout the entire duration of the consultations were
based on a false understanding that he had formulated during his talks
with the Turkish Foreign Minister.
What is most unfortunate and deeply disappointing is that Turkey, once
the process reached a critical point, when it was called to prove in
practice that it means business on the Cyprus Problem, and when was
expected to deliver on the Chapter of Security and Guarantees, merely
repeated its well-known positions, demonstrating that it has no
intention to materialize in practice its repeated rhetoric of adopting
a constructive stance and positively contributing to the efforts of
reaching a settlement
On our behalf, what the Greek Cypriot community would like to convey
to the international community, and to Turkey, is that we are strongly
committed to negotiate a solution within the parameters that the
Secretary General set, if:
First: The Treaties of Guarantee and Alliance, including the right of
intervention, are terminated from the first day of the implementation
of the settlement.
Second: An effective mechanism for the implementation and monitoring
of the settlement is agreed, on the basis of the comprehensive
proposal that we have submitted.
Third: A timetable for the complete withdrawal of the occupation
forces is agreed, on the basis of the proposal we have submitted.
Our sole aim and purpose, through the proposals we have submitted, is
the establishment of a truly independent and sovereign state, free of
any third country dependencies.
A modern state, fully harmonized with the European acquis, that will
offer the prospect of peaceful co-existence and prospect for the
future for all its citizens without exception.
We therefore hope that Turkey, which illegally has more than 40,000
occupation troops in Cyprus, will show a positive respond to our
proposals, revisit its intransigent positions particularly in the
areas of security and guarantees, and as regards demands that are not
in line with Cyprus’s capacity as a member-state of the EU, so as to
create sound prospects of achieving an overall agreement.
Excellency,
Four years ago, just after my election as President of the Republic of
Cyprus, this country was faced with nothing less than economic
collapse. Today, we can proudly - once more - connect Cyprus to growth
and potential. The Cyprus economy is emerging stronger and stands
ready to face current challenges, utilizing its full potential. For
2016 growth was at 2.8%, one of the highest rates in the European
Union and most importantly this growth rate is expected to stay at
this level for the next few years.
Our efforts to improve the business environment are continuing and at
the same time our focus on reforms and strengthening the economy’s
reliability is strong and decisive.
Despite the economic difficulties that we have faced, our country’s
comparative advantages not only remain intact, but have been further
enhanced and expanded, setting them apart from most investment
destinations. These include a significant network of Agreements for
Avoidance of Double Taxation a highly qualified and professional
workforce, and a fully EU-harmonised tax and legal system. Cyprus
continues to be a highly competitive center for international
businesses, offering a platform for operations and preferential access
to markets like Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
We are now focusing on attracting investors in the productive sectors
of the economy. This is my Government’s most important priority,
following the restoration of the state’s and the financial system’s
credibility. The majority of economic sectors in Cyprus present growth
opportunities: tourism, telecommunications, shipping, real estate,
education, health, transport, research and innovation. The energy
sector is also a promising field. The discovery of natural gas
reserves within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone creates excellent
investment prospects in the energy sector and supplementary services.
All these areas offer an excellent potential for further deepening our
cooperation in the years to come for mutual benefit.
Your Excellency,
In welcoming you to Cyprus, I would kindly request that you convey to
the Government and the friendly people of Serbia my warmest greetings
and a message of sincere friendship and solidarity.
I conclude by assuring you once more of the support of my Government
to your valuable mission, so that your tenure will be highly
constructive and fruitful, and carried out in such a way that the
genuine relationship that Cyprus enjoys with Serbia will further
flourish.”

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