Cyprus: Borrell to visit Cyprus in early March, 5 + 1 informal meeting postponed to April

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, had a telephone conversation with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on Tuesday evening.

The European official briefed Anastasiades on his intention to visit Cyprus on March 5-6, where he will be received at the Presidential Palace on March 5.

Josep Borrell’s visit is part of the resumption of dialogue on the Cyprus issue and the discussion expected to take place at the EU Summit on March 25, with one of the topics to be discussed being Euro-Turkish relations and the possible extension of sanctions against Turkey. .

Regarding the informal 5 + 1 meeting on the Cyprus issue, it seems that the date will close in the next period, with the most probable dates for the meeting sometime in the first half of April, with Geneva as a meeting point.

The negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side, Andreas Mavrogiannis, is in contact with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General Jane Holl Lute in New York, waiting for the final date for the informal 5 + 1 meeting, which will mark the next step in the effort of negotiations.

At the same time, the diplomatic marathon of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides, continues with a series of contacts.

Yesterday, Christodoulides had a meeting with US Ambassador to Cyprus Judith Garber, with whom they also discussed the Cyprus issue. The Foreign Minister conveyed to the US Ambassador the positions of the Greek Cypriot side regarding the Cyprus issue, while for her part, she expressed support for the efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue, referring in particular to the position that there can be no discussion on a solutions outside the framework of the United Nations on the basis of the Bi-Municipal Federation of Bi-Municipalities.

At the same time, the agenda of the meeting included bilateral relations and regional co-operation between the two countries in the region. In a Twitter post, the Foreign Minister said that the discussions covered, among other things, the need to maintain a strong momentum in bilateral relations, recent developments regarding the Cyprus issue and issues related to regional co-operation, based on a positive agenda. .

Nikos Christodoulides also had a telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias on Monday evening, during which the latter informed him about the telephone communication he had with the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the US interest in the trilateral cooperation in the region that have been set up by Greece and Cyprus.

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