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‘The road is not strewn with rose petals’
Speaking at a memorial service in Limassol for former President Spyros Kyprianou, Anastasiades said yesterday his government will exhaust all possible resources to raise this country back to where it belongs.
Anastasiades said the current government will work with the same vigour and determination as the late president did during his term.
He added that we all must contribute, during this difficult period to ensure economic stability and restore growth.
“We need to correct the wrongs and clean-up state finances without harming the vulnerable groups of society and without putting more pressure on our economy,” he said.
He reminded that Cyprus has gone through tougher times in its history and it did not only make it through these times but thrived. “The road is not strewn with rose petals and we face challenges ahead but we will work hard with the same vigour and determination with which Spyros Kyprianou and all of Cypriot-Hellenism worked and toiled during the years following the 1974 Turkish invasion,” he said.
He added that Cyprus must follow the road mapped out by Kyprianou towards freedom, hope and faith, in its abilities and towards a fair struggle.
“During this new era that has dawned upon us we must come together to achieve the broadest possible consensus, the widest possible cooperation and understanding between the people, institutions and between political forces,” Anastasiades said.
“We will do everything possible to emerge from the crisis as soon as possible,” he said, adding that “the only way we will be able strengthen our negotiating position on the Cyprus problem is on the basis of a comprehensive and assertive strategy, to help us claim what we deserve.”
During his memorial speech, Anastasiades said that the late president was a tireless worker, a brave fighter, an innocent visionary, an ardent patriot, a restless spirit and a calm presence with dignity in life and death.
“Spyros Kyprianou’s vision for a solution will create the conditions so we can unshackle ourselves from the Turkish Army’s custody, so we can progress within a large, prosperous, strong and united Europe,” he said.
“This solution will guarantee the survival of Cypriot-Hellenism and the preservation of our national identity,” he added. “It is our vision and the best memorial that we can offer in his memory,” he concluded.