September 16, 2016
Keynote Speech by H.E. Nicos Anastasiades, President, Republic of Cyprus
By Susan Haigh
On the forty-two-year-old Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades was “cautiously optimistic” about the prospect of reaching a solution despite the ground left to be covered, declaring that a mutual respect for each side’s sensitivities would enable a resolving of differences.
Following his speech, Mr. Damon Wilson, executive vice president for programs and strategy of the Atlantic Council, joined the president for a conversation on the strategic priorities of Cyprus at this critical phase of the settlement talks. President Anastasiades and Mr. Wilson discussed how to transform the Cyprus problem into a historic example of successful diplomacy and cooperation in a region of persistent turbulence.