The medal was given to the Cypriot President by Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, in the presence of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos, former President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and other officials.
Addressing Anastasiades, Bakoyannis referred to the inseparable ties that connect the two nations. “As our brother, we welcome you, honouring all Cypriots…Their struggles and anxieties. Their dignity and courage. Honouring all.”
Referring to the challenges that the two countries are facing, the mayor of Athens underlined that “what is unfolding today in our region shows that the unity of Greece and Cyprus is more necessary than ever. The unity of the whole European community is more necessary than ever.”
“Let me say, Mr. President, that with this medal, in addition to the honour due to you, it seals the ties of Athens with Cyprus and sends a strong patriotic message to all. A message of pure brotherhood and strong unity,” Bakoyannis concluded.
“Greece and Cyprus are facing significant challenges these days as a result of Turkey’s expansionist policy. We suggest good faith negotiation. Let us not forget that these threats are threats against the EU,” he said. “Receiving the gold medal, I am fully aware of the responsibility that weighs on the Cypriot people,” Anastasiades concluded.
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Απονέμουμε στον Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας της Κύπρου, Νίκο Αναστασιάδη, το Χρυσό Μετάλλιο Αξίας της Πόλεως των Αθηνών. Τον εκπρόσωπο ενός περήφανου λαού. Επισφραγίζουμε τους δεσμούς της Αθήνας με την Κύπρο και στέλνουμε ένα ισχυρό, πατριωτικό μήνυμα προς όλους. Μήνυμα αγνής αδελφοσύνης και αρραγούς ενότητας. @nicosanastasiades