Nikos Christodoulidis opened his papers by submitting his resignation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. the process of selecting the candidate for the anointing of the presidency of the Republic. Nikos Christodoulidis did not mention the name of the president of the Democratic Alarm, however he gave answers to what was said by Averoff, noting that the place does not need sharks but a good ship owner. He also clarified that he would be interested in the 2023 presidential elections, however he considers that the early and long pre-election campaigns are counterproductive and do not benefit the place.
Two 24 hours after Averoff's statements, Nikos Christodoulidis announced that he submitted his resignation to the President of the Republic several days ago, with Nikos Anastasiadis accepting it on Friday and coming into force on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
The outgoing Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic for the trust and the opportunity to serve his country from the high position of Minister of Foreign Affairs but also previously as Director of his Diplomatic Office and as Government Representative.
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My resignation, he said, is the result of a series of events and attitudes, public and otherwise, that have taken place recently and that inevitably and unfortunately affect the serious work that the government has to do, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“I oppose any personal characterizations and reports as long as I maintain the strong belief that they do not honor and should not have a place in modern political discourse. It is unfortunately these approaches that alienate more and more citizens from the commons but also the exercise of their democratic rights and freedoms, as they vote and are elected.
I would like to reiterate my view that the activation of the relevant internal party processes for the 2023 Presidential Elections, well over one year after their holding, negatively affects the effective addressing of the challenges that we as a State and society are called upon to manage, as well as the implementation and completion of government work, “he said.
In particular, he noted, at a time when Cyprus is facing an unprecedented global pandemic with multiple socio-economic consequences that each of us is experiencing. Unfortunately, the recent events in Parliament prove this to be true. So is my resignation, he said, at a time when there are critical issues on the table.
Referring to the pre-election period that has already begun, Mr. Christodoulidis noted that early and long post-election periods are counterproductive and do not benefit the place and the citizens. He reminded that in October 2021, DISY solemnly announced the pre-conference dialogue as well as the political and ideological conference which as announced would take place at the end of spring, the results of which, very correctly, would be the main components for the 2023 government. 2028. It is obvious, he said, that the sudden acceleration of any processes, in addition to the ones I mentioned above, unfortunately led to introversion in the current situation.
“I would be interested in the 2023 Presidential”
In his statement, Nikos Christodoulidis clarifies that he would be interested in the 2023 Presidential Elections, especially if his candidacy could lead to wider collaborations and dialogue with society, including the DISY base. A dialogue, as he said, that will result in the preparation of a specific program on all the challenges that we as a country are called to face in a modern way, as the citizen rightly demands.
“I judge, for the reasons I mentioned above, today and in my previous positions, that it is not yet time for any decisions. That is why until today I have not personally expressed interest in the Presidential Elections, despite what has been heard for a long time. At the same time, I should note that I have never expressed interest in the Presidency of DISY, which, as the decision of President Anastasiadis in 2008 proves, is not a prerequisite for claiming the Presidency of the Republic, “he said.
My goal, he noted, has always been to implement policies without wild beasts and without the predominance of those who indiscriminately show their sharp teeth. Democracy as a state does not favor conditions of jungle and anarchy without, of course, eradicating any species, allowing the smooth coexistence of everything, with respect and principles.
“Such approaches serve those who invest in polarization and bigotry and do not fit into modern democracies and morals. I'm sorry but I will not follow. I am advocating associations and not exclusions and this is not the first time I have said this and that is the way I went from the beginning.
I repeat that, in relation to the 2023 Presidential Elections, I will make announcements when I make my final decisions. I remain active and present as I was from the beginning. Not in timetables imposed by the methods of others, whose ambitions I fully respect and have every right to have them, as I have a right, and you, and every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus.
I have no doubt that Cypriot society does not need sharks, but a good ship owner who will join forces and build solid partnerships, both inside Cyprus and abroad, which is also crucial in a more globalized environment. ” concluded