Statement by Independent Presidential Candidate Achilleas Demetriades

SUBMISSION OF CANDIDACIES FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OF 5TH FEBRUARY, 2023

Nicosia, International Conference Centre ‘Filoxenia’ 5 January 2023

This independent candidacy aspires to give a voice to those who feel that the system does not represent them.

I would like to thank Titina Loizidou for nominating me, as well as Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, Alecos Modinos, Stavros Zenios, Popi Avraam and all the other friends and active citizens who support me. I also want to thank Yvonne, Alexandros, Paris and the team at the campaign office for their patience  and help.

Special thanks to ‘Ammochostos for Cyprus’ and the Chief Returning Officer and his team.

The future of Cyprus cannot be partition. It can be averted. The European Union is our shield. Energy and EU-Turkish relations are the keys to unlock the negotiating process.

We need credibility. Those who have brought the Cyprus issue to its current tragic juncture, are part of the problem and cannot be part of the solution.

We must put an end to corruption that damages the reputation of our country and embarrasses us.  There must be a genuine criminal inquiry into the scandal of the golden passports. The competencies of the Attorney General must be separated. And there must be checks and transparency in the appointment of independent officials and effective audits of asset declarations.

The President must lead by example. There are no excuses for corruption.

I am aware of the many difficulties we face. But I have learned in life not to sit back and describe problems, but to set targets and to work hard to achieve them.

I want to serve my country. I want us to pass on to our children an honest state, and a green and united Cyprus.

I am asking voters for support with a clear proposal. I am urging them to join me in making a dynamic new start.

The elections are not the end of the road. They are the beginning.

I am here to stay in the political life.

Because I genuinely believe that Cyprus deserves better.

TITINA LOIZIDOU: WHY I SUPPORT ACHILLEAS

On the occasion of today’s official submission of candidacies for the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus and my decision to nominate and support the candidacy of Achillea Demetriades, I would like to make the following statement:

Over the past 30 years I have shared with Achilleas Demetriades all the phases of my individual recourse against Turkey. The decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in my case safeguard the right to property and constitute a landmark in the pursuit of our rights, and at the same time give a legal basis on the property issue in the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

Through this lengthy course, I have known Achilleas as a person, a lawyer but also as a politician, who was called to handle difficult situations. I saw a person who gained experience and knowledge, both on the legal and the political level. Always with careful planning, organisation and preparation and in coordination with all involved government officials who participated in this effort, and especially Attorney Generals Michalakis Triantafyllides and Alecos Markides.

Sincere and methodical, a person who stays ahead of developments, combined with his tireless efforts, Achilleas has succeeded at multiple levels. Astute and enthusiastic, combative and committed to his objectives, he has never hesitated to speak his mind and when he felt he was right, to disagree and take his own position.

But beyond Achilleas’ role as a lawyer who is active in human rights issues, his candidacy gives voters, and especially young voters, the opportunity to support a genuinely independent candidate. Achilleas inspires and at the same times offers a new approach. For Achilleas, problems and deadlocks are a challenge he is determined to work to resolve.

Cyprus, Mrs Loizidou stressed, “needs a person like Achilleas. I am proud that today I can stand next to him and support this huge venture for the Presidency of the Republic.”

100 SUPPORTERS OF CANDIDACY OF ACHILLEAS DEMETRIADES

 Nominated by:

 TITINA LOIZIDOU: Tour guide. Achieved the first legal victory against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

Supported by:

 

1.        YVONNE ASPRIDOU BUSINESSWOMAN
2.        ERATO KOZAKOU MARCOULLIS FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER
3.        ALEXANDROS MODINOS ARCHITECT/ ACTIVIST IN SUPPORT OF RIGHTS OF LGBT+ COMMUNITY
4.        STAVROS ZENIOS FORMER RECTOR / PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE AND FINANCE
5.        ANNA MARANGOU ARCHAEOLOGIST / WRITER
6.        NINOS HADJIROUSSOS ACCOUNTANT / FORMER REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MARONITE COMMUNITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
7.        KALLIOPE (POPI) AVRAAM ACTOR
8.        THEANO KALAVANA PSYCHOLOGIST/ ACTIVIST
9.        PIERIS KAROULAS PRESIDENT ‘AMMOCHOSTOS FOR CYPRUS’
10.    CHARIS PSALTIS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
11.    MARINA NEOPHYTOU PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
12.    CONSTANTIS KANDOUNAS LAWYER
13.    ADONIS YIANGOU FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GREENS
14.    YIOLA SKALIOTOU PRESIDENT OF AYION OMOLOGITON CHARITY ASSOCIATION
15.    YIORGOS ELIADES ENVIRONMENTALIST
16.    YIANNOS IOANNOU (STROVOLIODIS) ECONOMIST – BUSINESSMAN
17.    ANDREAS CHARALAMBOUS FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE YOUTH PARLIAMENT/ POLITICAL COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST
18.    SOFOCLES VLASIDES WINEMAKER
19.    LARKOS LARKOU FORMER PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF CNA
20.    MARIA KYTHREOTOU DIRECTOR HIO
21.    NATALIE ALKIVIADOU LECTURER ON HUMAN RIGHTS
22.    CHARALAMBOS KASKANIS JOURNALIST / COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT
23.    ANDREAS LORDOS ARCHITECT
24.    ZENON SEVERIS BUSINESSMAN
25.    ANDREAS SOUTZIS ACTIVIST
26.    MICHALIS PARASKEVA LAWYER
27.    VASOS VASILIOU PASHIAS POLICE OFFICER
28.    IOANNIS TIRKIDES ECONOMIST
29.    HARITINI GALIDI LAWYER
30.    GAVRIEL AMBIZAS LAWYER
31.    ANTIGONE KAKOYIANNI LAWYER
32.    ANDREAS PARALIKIS BUSINESSMAN
33.    MARIA HADJIOANNOU GHINI JOURNALIST
34.    MARIA MYLES FORMER CHIEF EDITOR AT CAN
35.    POLYVIOS PETROU (KORAKOU) BUSINESSMAN
36.    ANDREANI (ANDRE) ZIVANARI DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL INSTITUTION
37.    MAGDA ZENON ACTIVIST FOR GENDER EQUALITY/ PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEE
38.    YIORGOS EFSTATHIOU BUSINESSMAN
39.    NEOCLIS NICOLAOU BUSINESSMAN
40.    MICHALIS CHRISTOU DEPUTY PRESIDENT ‘AMMOCHOSTOS FOR CYPRUS’
41.    ARISTOS FLOURIS WINEGROWER
42.    ELENI KOUREA JOURNALIST AT INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPER
43.    THEODORA TAOUSHIANI LAWYER
44.    CONSTANTINOS HADJIKYRIAKOS BUSINESSMAN
45.    DORIS EFSTATHIOU PARASKEVAIDOU BUSINESSWOMAN
46.    YIORGOS KOUMOULIS ECONOMIST/ COLUMNIST
47.    ALEXANDROS APOSTOLIDES ECONOMIST/ACADEMIC
48.    ARTEMIOS MICHAIL VICE PRESIDENT ‘AMMOCHOSTOS FOR CYPRUS’
49.    BARET KOUYOUMDJIAN BUSINESSMAN
50.    MIKE HADJIMIKE MUSICIAN
51.    COSTAS APOSTOLIDES ECONOMIST
52.    IOANNA LOIZIDOU LAWYER
53.    CHRISTIS TOMBAZOS ECONOMICS PROFESSOR
54.    COSTAS LEONTIOU FORMER AMBASSADOR
55.    CHARILAOS VELARIS LAWYER
56.    MICHALIS ZIVANARIS LAWYER
57.    SPYROS HADJINICOLAOU LAWYER
58.    JIOVANIS KOUZALIS LAWYER
59.    ATHANASIA (NASIA) HADJIGEORGIOU ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
60.    THEODOTOS CONSTANTINOU DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
61.    NICOS APOSTOLIDES BUSINESSMAN
62.    PANOS GEORGIOU LAWYER
63.    KYRIAKI ZESIDOU SPEECH THERAPIST/ TEACHER
64.    ELENA HADJIKYRIAKOU DECORATOR
65.    ANNA NICOLAOU WRITER
66.    CONSTANTINOS MESSIOS LAWYER
67.    VASOS ECONOMOU DOCTOR
68.    SOTOS SYZINOS DENTIST
69.    STELIOS STYLIANOU TEACHER
70.    ANDREAS DALMYRAS REAL ESTATE AGENT
71.    ELENA HADJIPETROU TEACHER
72.    VRAHIMIS PETRIS TEACHER
73.    NONTAS CHRISTINAKIS COACH / FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER
74.    ALKIS PHILIPPOU ARCHITECT
75.    KYRIAKOS FIAKKAS BUSINESSMAN
76.    LOUIZA ZEMBYLA WRITER
77.    KYRIAKI IOANNIDOU FASHION DESIGNER
78.    LOUIZA MARANGOU BUSINESSWOMAN
79.    ALEXANDRA SOTERIADOU BUSINESS CONSULTANT
80.    YIANNOS ZEMBYLAS ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
81.    ELENA NATHANAIL LEGAL ADVISER
82.    COSTAS ANTONIOU LAND DEVELOPER
83.    ANASTASIA VIOLARI ART EVALUATOR
84.    MARIA PHILIPPOU BUSINESSWOMAN
85.    ELENA COSTA PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEE
86.    MELISSA PHILIPPOU CONSULTANT EUROPEAN ADMINISTRTION
87.    MICHAIL YIANATSOS BANK EMPLOYEE
88.    FROSO HANNIDOU HOUSEWIFE
89.    MELISSA HADJIKYRIAKOU PROPERTY MANAGER
90.    JACQUES PAPADOPOULOS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
91.    YIANNIS TYMVIOS MARKETING OFFICER
92.    ANDREAS FLORENTIADES HOTELIER
93.    LOUKAS NICOLAIDES LAWYER
94.    OLGA TSIOUTI SECRETARY
95.    PETROS VASILOPOULOS BUSINESSMAN
96.    ALEXANDROS DEMETRIADES LAWYER
97.    PARIS DEMETRIADES STUDENT
98.    LOUKIS SKALIOTIS ECONOMIST, CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR achilleas2023
99.    CHRISTOFOROS TRIANTAFYLLOU SPOKESMAN FOR CAMPAIGN  achilleas2023
100.                        MICHALAKIS GL RAFAIL LAWYER – HEAD OF ORGANISATON AT CAMPAIGN  achilleas2023

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