President Anastasiades has talked up the peace process saying he still believes a long-awaited solution is possible in 2016.
“It is true that in complex chapters…we are facing particular difficulties,” Anastasiades told the Cyprus Weekly.
“But, despite the difficulties, I am optimistic that in 2016, under certain conditions, we can break the decades-long deadlock and reach a comprehensive settlement.”
Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said the stars were aligned for a settlement – with five factors in Cyprus’ favour.
They are the energy factor, the financial dividend, the fact both leaders are from the same generation, backing from religious leaders and the climate of goodwill.
The Cyprus Weekly and in-cyprus.com has joined forces with Havadis and from Friday will be publishing a print and online English-language newspaper, covering events in every corner of our country, seeing and treating Cyprus as one.
It is an initiative to show cooperation between Cypriots on both sides of the divide is possible and that news doesn’t just happen on one side of the island. Thus the Cyprus Weekly will be on sale in the north and in the south.
Both Anastasiades and Akinci have welcomed the “ground-breaking” move as an effort to help Cypriots understand each other and bring them closer together.
It is a strategic cooperation between the Phileleftheros Group and the Turkish Cypriot Havadis Media Group that hopes to redefine the local media industry with the slogan — one island, one vision, one paper.