President Christofias addresses CFMM
Limassol, Oct 2 – The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has expressed hope that the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Cyprus would be celebrated together with the Turkish Cypriot Community.
In his speech at the Commonwealth Ministers of Finance and Senior Finance Officials Annual Meeting in Limassol, President Christofias said that ''our country is committed to the Commonwealth's shared values and it has been an active participant in all Commonwealth activities that cover cooperation in various fields such as economic development, agriculture and food production, industry, law, education, health, youth and women affairs, science, public management and parliamentary affairs.”
He noted that ''the Commonwealth's principles of fostering international peace and security, democracy, as well as its commitment to the eradication of poverty, ignorance and disease, and the need to oppose all forms of racial discrimination, are principles and values fully shared by our Government.”
Based on these principles, he added, the Commonwealth has consistently supported the Republic of Cyprus in its struggle for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, for which we are grateful.
He assured that ''we will continue our efforts to end the occupation, restore the human rights of all Cypriots and reunify our homeland on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality of the two communities, as described in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.”
President Christofias also said that ''we have now started the second round of negotiations in an effort to reduce the differences and achieve convergence.”
He pointed out ''I am not satisfied with the results of the first round. I was expecting many more convergences in place of divergences on several aspects of the Cyprus problem''.
However, President Christofias pointed out that ''without getting into details I would argue that this is a difficult, but not an impossible task.”
He stressed that ''it is important that Turkey demonstrate in substance its commitment towards the solution based on the agreed framework.”
“I am certain,” he went on, “that the Commonwealth will continue to follow its principled stance, expressed in the Final Communiqués of the Commonwealth’s Head of Government Meetings, in support of the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions.”
In addition, he said that ''every year the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting brings together almost one third of the world's Finance Ministers, in a forum to discuss matters of common interest, exchange experiences and learn from each other; the ultimate objective being to contribute towards improving the well-being of the Commonwealth's 1.8 billion inhabitants.”
The Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting, as he said, ''comes at a very crucial time for the global economy and for the globally integrated nations of the Commonwealth.”
In this respect, he noted, ''the meeting in Cyprus offers the opportunity to the Ministers to exchange views on the impact of the current global financial crisis and on the appropriate policy responses.”
Moreover, President Christofias said, ''it brings our collective resources together to deliberate on key issues of practical policy concern with a view to finding solutions for the benefit of our peoples. I am confident that you had a very productive discussion during your meeting yesterday.”
He also noted that ''this is a critical time in the global economy. The fundamental issue for most of the debates should be the Commonwealth’s distinctive understanding of the need for collective solutions to global challenges.”
“I am confident,” he concluded, that your meeting here in Limassol will have a significant contribution to the effective tackling of the current financial crisis and to the sustainable recovery of the global economy.”