President Nicos Anastasiades hailed the Maronites as a dynamic and productive community that were an integral part of Cyprus.
Speaking after joining in celebrations in honour of St Maron at the Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady of Graces in Nicosia, Anastasiades also acknowledged the Maronites had suffered a serious blow from the Turkish invasion and repeated that his government’s efforts for a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus Problem continued.
As all past governments, his too will also pay attention to the protection of Maronite cultural and religious heritage to preserve their identity, Anastasiades added, noting that his government hoped to accomplish even more than its predecessors.
He said that respect toward the Maronite community also reflected the respect demonstrated toward all communities and ethnic groups in Cyprus and aims for peaceful coexistence and common creative activity among them.
There is boundless support for the human rights, and the roots and heritage of everyone who have historically committed themselves to live in our common homeland, Anastasiades said.
The President also stated that issues concerning the Maronites of Cyprus would be addressed, as a matter of priority, in the talks he will have with Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican on February 15.
On efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, Anastasiades said priority was to reach a solution adding that the basic principles of the solution of the Cyprus problem should be set out with clarity before the start of talks.