Sunday, July 14 2024

Nikos Christodoulides, new president of Cyprus, vows to revive peace talks with Turkey

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 (Photo: Reuters)
 
Nikos Christodoulides became Cyprus' newest president after defeating the diplomat Andreas Mavroyiannis in the country's presidential elections on Sunday. During his inauguration speech in Nicosia, the 49-year-old independent centrist said he hoped to unite the Mediterranean island nation, a task which has eluded politicians during nearly a half-century of negotiations.
 
With 100% of ballots counted, Christodoulides had 51.9% of the vote and his runoff rival Mavroyiannis, had 48.1%, according to official election results. Mavroyiannis conceded defeat before the vote tally was complete.
 
The former foreign minister campaigned as a unifying force for ethnically divided Cyprus, eschewing ideological and party divisions.
 
 "In the Cyprus that I envision, I will be the President of all Cypriots", said Nikos Christodoulides.
 
During his inauguration speech in Nicosia, the 49-year-old independent centrist said he hoped to unite the Mediterranean island nation, a task which has eluded politicians during nearly a half-century of negotiations.
 
"My biggest concern is the end of the Turkish occupation and the reunification of our homeland. I will do everything to break the deadlock, to restart the dialogue, to create the conditions for solving the Cyprus problem," said the new Cypriot president.