08 May 2014 16:43

Nicosia and Berlin will soon sign an accord providing assistance and facilities to German nationals evacuated from the Middle East via Cyprus, President Anastasiades said on Wednesday.
"I would like to announce that our two countries will, in the coming days, sign an agreement providing assistance and facilities to the Federal Government of Germany in case of evacuation operations for the repatriation of German citizens from the wider Middle East area, via Cyprus, in case of a crisis," Anastasiades told his audience at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.
"This constitutes a very concrete deliverable.  This once again signifies the role of Cyprus as a security provider and humanitarian hub in the wider Middle East Area," he added.
The President, who is on a four-day state visit to Germany, was giving a speech on 'The Silver Lining for Cyprus: Geopolitics, Hydrocarbons and the Economy'.
He pledged that his administration will swiftly proceed and implement all necessary steps in Cyprus' bid to become the energy hub between Eastern Mediterranean and the European Union and Asia.
"The transportation and liquefaction of gas produced by neighbouring countries in Cyprus' LNG terminal would allow for it to be securely exported to the EU and Asian markets."
"Most certainly, the presence of hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean is to our European partner's benefit, as it has the capacity to guarantee Europe's energy independence and security, by providing it with an alternative energy corridor, a diversified energy portfolio thereby leading to increased energy security."
Anastasiades noted that this need is especially highlighted by the recent developments in strife-torn Ukraine. 
"I am certain that central Europe fully comprehends the urgency of the matter at hand".
The President also sent the message that Cyprus' geopolitical role matters and Nicosia's aim is to reinforce it with collaborations such as with interested stakeholders from Germany.
"Numerous German enterprises which possess valuable expertise in the area of hydrocarbons…are most welcome to further their entrepreneurial ventures in Cyprus."
"The enormity of investment required to exploit this offshore treasure requires a great deal of wisdom, vision and patience because of the volatile nature of the region."
Cyprus is aware of the responsibility bestowed upon it as decisions made today will have a major effect on the region's future," he also said.
Also in Berlin, on Wednesday, Anastasiades met with President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert (photo).


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