Swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief of the National Guard
Lieutenant General Georgios Basiakoulis
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, gave a speech today at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief of the National Guard Lieutenant General Georgios Basiakoulis, which was held at the Presidential Palace.
While welcoming the new Chief of the National Guard, the President of the Republic said that that the Turkish occupation army constitutes an illegal and unacceptable reality and at the same time is a permanent threat to the future of Cyprus. President Anastasiades underlined that “we are obliged to maintain high levels of combat and operational readiness and capability of the National Guard so that we are able to effectively deal with any challenges.” At the same time, he reiterated the position that “the stronger the deterrent force of the National Guard is, the stronger is the Greek Cypriot side in the negotiation process.”
The President of the Republic also underlined that with the discovery of hydrocarbons in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, the armed forces of the country are required to undertake, in collaboration with other strategic energy partners, a new upgraded role in protecting the sovereign rights of the Republic. -23.07.2014