PRESIDENT CLERIDES? MESSAGE OF GREETINGS TO THE PEOPLE OF CYPRUS
Nicosia, Monday, 31/12/2001
Good evening to you.
I am communicating with you a few hours before the new year to wish you a long life health, progress and happiness.
Waiting for the new year I would like, very briefly, to share with you some thoughts, which I am certain, are the concern of each and everyone of us. The new year which is coming will be important for the future of Cyprus because it will be marked by two great events: The forthcoming accession of Cyprus to the European Union and the direct talks which may well lead to the solution of the Cyprus problem. I refer simply to the possibility of a solution because, obviously, no one is in position to make an assessment as regards the result of the talks before they have begun or evolved. Daily, a great deal is written and said about these talks, which however has nothing to do with reality.
I recall that there are international observers following the Cyprus problem. Consequently, our behaviour should be such as to actually prove that we fervently desire the finding of a solution. A solution, of course, which will be just, viable and functional as well as in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which inter-alia envisage that the solution should be mutually acceptable.
Our side will behave responsibly during the talks, keeping in mind the legitimate interests and concerns of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and having in mind that the new millennium which we have entered will be characterized by a more sincere and intense effort for the implementation of human rights throughout the planet.
This evening, I feel the need to address myself especially to our Turkish Cypriot compatriots. I assure them that we are equally interested in their peaceful and creative future, in their security, progress and well-being in a unified Cyprus, member of the European Union. At the threshold of the new year I wish them many years, progress and happiness. Above all, I wish that the new year will be the year of the peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem for the good of all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins.
This evening, I want once again to publicly repeat our thanks and gratitude for the invaluable help given to us by the Greek Government and all the political parties of Greece and the brotherly Greek people as well as foreign states and personalities.
In conclusion, I address special wishes to our boys in arms, the refugees, the enclaved and the relatives of the missing. May the new year fulfill the wishes of everyone.