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The President of the Republic received the credentials of the new Ambassador of Mali - 02/11/2009


The President of the Republic Mr. Demetris Christofias received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of Mali, with residence in Cairo, Mr. Moussa Diakite.


Presenting his credentials, Mr. Diakite, speaking in French, said:

"Excellence Monsieur le Président de la République de Chypre,

C’ est avec un très grand plajsir que je foule pour la première fois le sol de Chypre, ce pays tant chargé d’histoire, à l’occasion de la présentation des Lettres par lesquelles Son Excellence Monsieur Amadou Toumani TOURE, Président de la République du Mali, m’accrédite auprès de vous en qualité d’ Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et Plénipotentiaire.

Excellence Monsieur le Président,

Je voudrais vous présenter, à vous – même Monsieur le Président, ainsi qu’au Gouvernement et au Peuple de la République de Chypre mes remerciements sincères pour l’ accuell chaleureux qui m’a été réservé depuis mon arrivée dans votre beau pays.

Je voudrals aussi vous transmettre le message d’amitlé de Son Excellence Monsieur Amadou Toumani TOURE, Président de la République du Mali, ainsi que les vœux de bohneur et de prospérlté qu’il a formulé à votre endroit et à l’endroit du Peuple chypriote.

Excellence Monsieur le Président,

Maigré la distance qui nous sépare, mon pays le Mali partage avec la République de Chypre une histoire commune, à travers le fait colonial ainsi au’une identité de vue, en raison de notre appartenance commune à des Organisations universelles comme l’Organisation des Nations Unies et l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Nous nous rappelons, Excellence, que votre pays fut l’un des membres fondateurs du Mouvement des Non Alignés qui a joué un rôle majeur dans l’émancipation des peuples.

Comme vous, le Mali reste attaché au respect des principes universels teis que les droits de la personne, les libertés fondamentales et le règlement pacifique des différends internationaux.

Monsieur le Président,

Le peuple malien salue vos efforts en vue de réaliser l’unité de Chypre, cette unité à laquelle la Communauté internationale reste profondément attachée.

C’est pourquoi le Gouvernement de la République du Mali se réjouit des initiatives prises par votre Gouvernement en vue de la réunification de l´île et de son peuple par la voie du dialogue. Il espère vivement que les négociations engagées entre les Communautés chypriotes grecques et turques seront couronnées de succèss.

Monsieur le Président

Le Mali suit avec attention les actions enterprises par votre Gouvernment en vue de pérenniser le développement économique et la prospérité de Chypre.

Nous demeurons convaincus que votre pays connaîtra plus de succèss et rayonnera davantage sur la scène Internationale lorsqu’il aura retrouvé toute son unité.

Convaincu que notre histoire commune doit servir de catalyseur pour renforcer davantage nos relations, nous avons la volonté de développer la coopération dans tous les domaines avec votre pays.
A cet égard, je voudrais vous réaffirmer la volonté exprimée par S.E.M. Amadou Toumani TOURE, Président de la République du Mali, de renforcer la coopération politique et économique avec la République de Chypre.

Vous pouvez compter sur la disponibillté de notre ambassade à cet égard.

Quant à moi, je n’épargnerai aucun effort pour traduire dans les faits cette volonté exprlmée par les Hautes Autorités des deux Etats.

Vive la République de Chypre
Vive la République du Mali
Vive la solldarité internationale
Je Vous remecle."

Accepting the Letters of Credence, President Christofias said:

"It is with great pleasure that I receive today the letters of Credence by which you are appointed the new Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to the Republic of Cyprus. In the performance of your high duties you may count on the assistance of my Government and myself, as well as on the friendship and support of the people of Cyprus.

Cyprus highly values its relations with Mali and has been following with great interest the strides of your people towards social and economic prosperity. A tangible proof of our sincere interest is our consistent support and contribution, in cooperation with Belgium, to development programmes in Mali, in particular the development project in the region of Koulikoro. We earnestly hope that through our financial contribution of 400,000 euros over the period of two years (2008-2009), the living conditions of the people in the said region have significantly improved.

I would like to emphasize that Cyprus’ prime focus in its foreign policy remains the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and in this regard we wholeheartedly support the close cooperation of the European Union with Africa.
During your mission as Ambassador of Mali to Cyprus you will have the opportunity to explore the ways and means to further strengthen our co-operation in the years ahead. We look forward to concluding with your side the Agreement on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Industrial Cooperation. Undoubtedly, the signing of this Agreement will pave the way for consolidating our relations even further.

At the same time we remain committed to deepening our bilateral political dialogue at the multilateral level, particularly within the framework of the United Nations and in the International Organization of the Francophonie.

The Government of Cyprus counts on the valuable support of the esteemed Government of Mali in the framework of international organizations towards finding a viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the United Nations Resolutions. Unfortunately, within the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the current policy as regards Cyprus is counter-productive. Therefore, Cyprus expects that Mali, in co-operation with other friendly countries in the OIC, will discourage the policies that counter and hinder the prospects for an agreed solution of the Cyprus issue.

From the very first day of my election to the Presidency, I undertook initiatives with the aim to bring an end to the existing stalemate and to achieve the reunification of our country. Following the necessary preparatory work of clarifying the basis, we embarked in September 2008 on fully-fledged negotiations with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, under the Good Offices Mission of the UN Secretary-General.

With the necessary political will and flexibility, I am striving for a mutually agreed solution, based on international law and the principles and values on which the European Union is founded; a solution that would put an end to the occupation and the illegal colonization and restore the human rights of all Cypriots. At the same time, I remain committed to the basis and the principles of the solution of the Cyprus problem, as these have been defined by the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979. We aim at a bizonal, bicommunal federal Cyprus with a single sovereignty, a single international personality, single citizenship and political equality as described in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

We have already concluded almost 50 meetings. Some progress has been achieved but unfortunately there remain important differences on a number of critical issues. The Turkish Cypriot side has been putting forth positions that are not in line with the agreed basis, the UN Resolutions and the values and principles of the EU. We sincerely hope that during this second round of negotiations the Turkish Cypriot side will rectify its stance by submitting more reasonable positions, in order to pave the way to an agreed solution that would be presented to the people in separate simultaneous referenda.

Despite the difficulties, we are determined to continue the negotiations with the same commitment. We remain cautiously optimistic, even though we know that this is a difficult endeavour. For us, it is the only way to reach a solution and achieve the reunification of our country as soon as possible. We cannot accept the faits accomplis but neither are we ready to accept a solution that would not be based on principles, nor would we accept any efforts to impose arbitration or artificial timetables. The solution must be the product of the present process under Cypriot ownership and has to be negotiated and agreed to by the leaders of the two communities.

The fact that this process belongs to the Cypriots does not exonerate Turkey from its responsibilities. In order to achieve a solution, Turkey has to contribute practically and substantively to our efforts. It is time for Turkey to understand that vague public statements in support of the negotiations are simply not enough. Turkey has to prove that it truly wants a solution based on the agreed framework – a solution that would benefit the people of Cyprus. The settlement of the international aspect of the Cyprus problem, that is the ending of Turkish military occupation and illegal settlement as well as the issue of guarantees, depends on Turkey. There should be no rights of intervention in the internal affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus, as a member of the European Union does not need guarantors.

In December Turkey has a very important rendezvous. Turkey will be reviewed on its progress in implementing its obligations vis-à-vis the EU and the member states. The review must be both fair and objective. The Republic of Cyprus supports Turkey’s accession to the European Union. However, this support is not unconditional. Everyone must understand that Turkey’s course of becoming a member of the EU cannot remain unaffected and unhampered, if its intransigent and provocative stance and its refusal to fulfil its obligations continue. Our goal is the fulfilment of the obligations that Turkey has undertaken and its active and positive contribution to the solution of the Cyprus problem. Therefore, now is the time for Turkey to support our efforts, substantially and in deed not just words, to find a solution and to fulfil its obligations.

In welcoming you to Cyprus, I would kindly request that you convey my warmest greetings to President Amadou Toumani Toure and a message of friendship and solidarity from the people of Cyprus to the amicable people of Mali."

Present at the ceremony were the Acting Foreign Minister, Minister of Finance Mr. Charilaos Stavrakis, the Under Secretary to the President Dr Titos Christofides and the Chief of Protocol Mrs. Ioanna Malliotis.



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