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Brussels, 24 February 2012
President Barroso on the result of the presidential elections in Cyprus
In my own name and in the name of the European Commission, I warmly congratulate Nikos Anastasiades on his election as the President of Cyprus.
The Cypriot people have given Mr. Anastasiades a strong mandate to implement his programme of reform and to do what it takes to ensure fiscal and financial sustainability. I spoke to Mr. Anastasiades immediately after the result became known and I have assured him that he can count on the continued commitment of the European Commission to assist Cyprus to overcome the challenges it faces.
I have also assured the President-elect of our unwavering support for the efforts to achieve a lasting settlement towards the reunification of Cyprus.
I wish Nikos Anastasiades every success for his mandate.