President Anastasiades: Cyprus issue an international law, EU issue

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades addresses the nation with a televised speech from the presidential palace in Nicosia March 25, 2013. Cyprus reached a last-ditch deal with international lenders on a 10 billion euro rescue plan to avoid economic meltdown, agreeing to close down its second-largest bank and inflict heavy losses on big depositors. REUTERS/Petros Karadjias/Pool (CYPRUS - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS PROFILE)

The Cyprus issue is an international law and European Union issue, Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday in Thessaloniki, adding that “we will not waver under any threats, and will continue to fight for the issue.”

Anastasiades made the comments prior to receiving an honorary law degree at the Law School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

Asked to comment on threats to Cyprus issued by Turkey’s president, he noted, “Have you heard any other advanced country create or express pride for violations of human rights or military actions it carries out?”

The Cyprus Republic, he said, is determined to participate in any negotiations the UN Secretary General believes necessary” that would prepare the ground for talks leading to a viable and functional resolution to the Cyprus issue.”

What fortifies the republic is international law, he said, that’s why the Cyprus Republic tries to have excellent relations with surrounding countries and establish the EEZ with Egypt, Israel and Lebanon based on the 1972 Law of the Sea.