President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, Addresses the Greek American Community

Photo: Dimitrios Panagos

By:  Apostolos Zoupaniotis

President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, told overseas Cypriots and Greek Americans that a new dynamic will be created in the Cyprus problem that will allow the dialogue which will begin to have a positive conclusion.

Addressing a community gathering at the Stathakion Center in Astoria, New York, President Anastasiades, said that the interest concerning Cyprus has been upgraded and the picture that he gets is that the positions of the Greek Cypriot side are now respected.

The President told the gathering that the talks should be well prepared but also Turkey should take bold steps.

He repeated his proposal for a series of confidence building measures which include the return of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta.

“Such conditions will be created and such dynamic allowing the new dialogue that will start to lead us to a favorable ending”, the President said, adding that his proposal includes a greater involvement on the part of the EU.

The President further remarked that “what we need is good will from those who maintained an intransigent position that did not allow us to continue in our negotiations”.

The event was organized by the Cyprus Federation of America and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. A crowd of more than 300 people that attended the event received warmly the Cypriot president, who was celebrating on Friday his 67th birthday.

Former Presidente of Cyprus Federation, Peter Papanicolaou presented Nicos Anastasiades to the audience, while the president of the Hellenic Federation Elias Tsekerides, welcoming the Cypriot President stressed that the community works united to Help Greece and Cyprus.

The president of Cyprus Federation Costas Tsentas assured President Anastasiaeds that all Greeks in America are supporting the Cypriot people in their struggle to reunite the island and the return of the refugees to their homes.

PSEKA president Philip Christopher called on the Greek American Community to send a message of encouragement to the Cypriot President.

Following the event, Cyprus Federation hosted President Anastasiades and his entourage.