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Cyprus President renews commitment to Commonwealth
2006-03-13 17:39:20

Nicosia, Mar 13 (CNA) – Cypriot President Tassos has reaffirmed the Republic’s commitment to the Commonwealth and his desire to further uphold its principles and “strengthen bonds of friendship and co-operation for the well-being of our community of nations”.

In his message on the occasion of the Commonwealth Day, President Papadopoulos noted that “we renew the common commitments and values of solidarity, peace, democracy and human rights we all share”.

“Cyprus has always joined its voice with the voice of the 52 other Commonwealth nations in promoting multilateralism, international understanding and consensus and appreciates the role of Commonwealth as a forum and a trusted partner to advance these goals”, he said.

Referring to the this year’s theme, “Health Vitality: the Commonwealth Challenge” the President said: “By paying special attention to the virtues of health and vitality we recognize the importance of adequate nutrition, clean water and healthy living conditions for the prosperity of the citizens of our countries and of the member states of the Commonwealth”.

“Health is not only a right but it is also closely related to development and has immense importance for the promotion of equality and peace. Ill-health is one of the causes and a major consequence of poverty and it is our duty to provide the highest possible standards by ensuring the access to good food, clean water and adequate medical care to all Commonwealth peoples”, he added.

He reminded that Commonwealth countries were urged in the Malta CHOGM last November to recommit themselves to human development and to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, which are related to poverty reduction, health, education and gender equality. Furthermore, he noted, they also reaffirmed their commitment to combating diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which all threaten sustainable development, and assist countries with prevention measures and strengthening health systems.

As regards the Cyprus issue, he expressed gratitude to all Commonwealth member states for their consistent support to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus and to its efforts for a lasting, just and functional settlement based on the principles of the United Nations Charter the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the principles of the Commonwealth.

He further expressed the hope “that a negotiated functional and lasting solution is found to the longstanding Cyprus problem on the basis of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and the principles and values of the European Union, a solution which abrogates the consequences of the Turkish invasion and the continuing occupation of the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus and realizes the reunification of the island”.

In this spirit of solidarity among our Commonwealth family members, let us celebrate this year’s Commonwealth Day with the hope for a better future in peace and prosperity, the Cyprus President concluded.

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