As part of their regular contacts, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Sunday afternoon, according to a written statement from Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios.
During their conversation, the two Presidents exchanged views on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue regarding the expected convening of the informal meeting “5 + 1”, the purpose of which will be to reach an agreement on the resumption of the negotiation process. .
President Anastasiades conveyed to his interlocutor his readiness to participate as soon as possible in substantive talks under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, starting from where they were left at the Crans Montana Conference.
The goal of our party, underlined President Anastasiades, is always to achieve a comprehensive, stable and lasting solution of a bi-zonal, bi-municipal federation based on UN Security Council resolutions, as well as the principles and values of the European Union. As France is one of the Permanent Members of the Security Council, President Anastasiades emphasized the role that Paris can play, especially on security issues and the implementation of the Cyprus settlement agreement.
President Macron reaffirmed France’s full support for the resumption of negotiations aimed at resolving the Cyprus issue on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and EU principles and values.
The two leaders also had the opportunity to discuss issues related to the forthcoming European Councils. Special mention was made at next month’s Summit, when the issue of Turkey is expected to be discussed again on the basis of the relevant Report to be presented by EU High Representative Josep Borrell, through which Turkey is expected to show a tangible and sincere for the improvement of its relations with the European Union and with all Member States, through concrete actions that will last.
President Macron reiterated Paris’ commitment to the strategically important Cyprus-France relationship aimed at jointly addressing challenges in the Mediterranean basin, as the two countries share the same vision for peace and stability in the wider region.
He also referred to the excellent and close cooperation between the two countries on a wide range of issues, including those that are on the European agenda and which will be called the “27” Heads of State and Government.