The Director of the Press Office of the President of the Republic, Viktoras Papadopoulos, sent a reply in writing regarding the positions of the General Secretary of AKEL, Andros Kyprianou on the Cyprus issue and the pandemic.
Specifically for the Cyprus issue, he stated:
“The timeless positions of the Turkish side, but also the positions that have recently been expressed for Cyprus are very well known. The Greek Cypriot side was not and is not responsible for them either.
The President of the Republic has stated and is constantly reiterating his determination to re-engage in talks for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on the long-standing positions of the Greek Cypriot side to achieve a viable, functional and lasting solution.
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He has recently expressed and conveyed his determination and strong political will to participate in the informal conference on Cyprus convened by the UN Secretary General, contributing constructively to an agreement to resume talks.
Therefore, the President of the Republic calls on all parties and their leaders to be as united as possible in order to achieve the long-term goal of the Greek Cypriot side.
Regarding the pandemic, he noted:
It is internationally accepted that Cyprus is the first in the number of tests in the EU, something that allowed our country to be ranked along with the measures taken by the Government since the outbreak of the pandemic, among the five best countries in the world to manage the coronavirus pandemic. .
This was achieved because there was good cooperation and the suggestions of epidemiologists were and are taken very seriously.
The measures announced on Thursday took full account of the experts' suggestions, as always, for a slow and gradual de-escalation of the measures, according to the epidemiological picture, as formed during the last week which shows an increase in positivity.
Therefore, the Government is guided by scientific views and not by political expediencies.
Regarding the public health sector, it responds very positively with a sufficient number of beds, equipment and capabilities of the system in relation to the human resources. There has also been excellent cooperation with the private sector for quite some time.
With regard to the issue of vaccines, the Government has timely ordered the maximum number of vaccines from the companies whose vaccines are to be approved in the near future, namely Johnson and Johnson, Curevac and Sanofi.
Most important, however, is the fact that from December 27, 2020 to February 26, 2021, 76,176 people have been vaccinated, of which over 61 thousand are people over 71 years, 10,818 are health professionals, while 859 people fall into the vulnerable groups of the population.
Vaccination of people who are bedridden begins immediately, while now people aged 70 and over are vaccinated in the area of Marathas.