Nicosia, August 30, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
The Chinese Government attaches great importance to developing friendly relations with Cyprus, and appreciates the valuable support from Cyprus on issues concerning China’s core interests and major concerns, said Tuesday Ambassador of China to of Cyprus, Xingyuan Huang presenting his credentials to the President at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
As he stressed, whatever changes may occur internationally, regionally or domestically, the Chinese Government’s policy of maintaining and further strengthening the warm and cordial relations with Cyprus shall remain constant and unchanged. “On the basis of shared principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit, China is willing to work with Cyprus in the endeavors of building a better future of bilateral ties”, he said.
He added that over the years, under the joint efforts of both sides, the bilateral relations have made significant progress, political trust has been deepened and cooperation in the fields of economy, tourism, culture and education has been pragmatic and fruitful.
“Close communication and cooperation in international affairs has been maintained. Especially, Your Excellency’s successful visit to China last October was a big event and opened a new chapter in our bilateral relations”, the Ambassador pointed out.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, he said that the Chinese Government and people are following it closely. He noted that China welcomes and appreciates the resumption of the negotiations since May 2015, adding that China insists that the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus should be fully respected and supports a just and reasonable settlement of the Cyprus problem based on relevant UN resolutions, as well as all peaceful efforts conducive to resolving the problem.
“As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is ready to play a positive role to this end”, he said.
At the same, he conveyed the cordial greetings of President of China Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.
Congratulating the new Ambassador, President Nicos Anastasiades said that Cyprus will continue to work for further strengthening its relations with the People’s Republic of China, creating new opportunities for cooperation. “The conclusion of the pending bilateral agreements between our two countries would be an important step to this end”, he added.
He also pointed out that Cyprus, as a member state of the European Union considers the People’s Republic of China as a valuable strategic partner, and an important international and regional player. “We will continue to support the enhancement of the relations between the European Union and China on the political, economic and cultural level. Furthermore, Cyprus encourages the active engagement between the EU and China on issues of mutual concern, and cooperation in addressing the global challenges aiming to bring prosperity and stability”, the President noted.
Referring to Cyprus` economic achievements after the financial crisis of 2013, the President said that the country aspires to lay the foundations for long-term sustainable growth, improving the business environment, which will increasingly attract foreign direct investments in the productive sectors of the economy. The government’s reform agenda, he added, is aiming to eventually transform Cyprus` economic model, to enhance its competitive edge and to attract foreign direct investments in order to achieve sustained growth and prosperity for all Cypriots.
As regards the ongoing negotiating process to reach a comprehensive settlement on the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades said that since May 2015 the two sides have reached a common understanding on an important number of issues related to the chapters of governance and power-sharing, property, economy and the EU.
However, he added that differences still remain on those chapters, while they have yet to hold any substantive discussions on two decisive chapters, namely territorial readjustments and security and guarantees, as well as on other issues which are fundamental and constitute an integral aspect of the comprehensive settlement, such as Day 1 of the settlement.
“Nonetheless, I remain confident that the above-mentioned challenges can be tackled during the current intensified round of the negotiating process as our discussions will be targeted, results-oriented and will focus on minimizing the gap on existing differences and pending issues, as well as achieving progress on all those issues that we have yet to thoroughly discuss”, he added.
The President reiterated his sincere willingness and determination to work tirelessly to achieve a settlement, adding that to that end, Turkey’s contribution in tangible terms in the negotiations is vital.
UN-led peace talks are currently underway in Cyprus to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
Source: Cyprus News Agency
Photo: Cyprus News Agency