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President Anastasiades addreses ASEM11 Summit

Asia-Europe cooperation is a necessity and we need to use ASEM framework to deepen our cooperation and share the burdens of global responsibility with urgency and tenacity, said Cyprus President Nicos Anstasiades in his intervention at the Plenary Session I “Two Decades of Partnership: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead,” at the ASEM 11 Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

“I firmly believe that this is the direction which ASEM should pursue in the years to come. I trust that this Summit will yield viable measures conducive to this end for the benefit of the people of Europe and Asia”, he said.

Since 2004, he added, Cyprus has been constructively participating and actively engaged in the ASEM process in a variety of fields that include, among others, education and culture, interfaith dialogue, maritime and energy security and transport.

“In this context, my Government is ready to share the responsibility, together with the other participating states, in moving the ASEM process forward”, said the President.

He also pointed out that “we should focus more in the concept of Connectivity which remains in the core of ASEM’s work based on regional, sub-regional cooperation and national initiatives”.

“It is our strong conviction that, in today’s globalized and inter-connected world, ASEM, without changing its informal character which is perhaps its strength, has a key role to play in further connecting our regions and to continue promoting peace and stability”, he said.

As President added, in order to successfully respond to its full role the forum should continue to strengthening its coordination mechanisms in order to make them more productive and results-oriented, further enhancing people-to-people contacts enabling also the effective participation of the civil society, the business community and the research and development industry, expanding its network of common projects, events and exchanges, promoting and reinforcing economic ties and increasing mutual investments and promoting efficient ways of cooperation to counter terrorism.

During his intervention, the President extend the sincere condolences of the Government and the people of Cyprus to the victims’ families, relatives and friends, and to the people of France, as regards yesterday’s tragic events in Nice. (CNA)

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