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Michel contacts Mitsotakis and Anastasiades

European Council President Charles Michel contacted today in separate video conferences Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The forthcoming visit of the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen to Turkey was discussed during the teleconferences.

European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will visit Turkey on April 6 and meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a Brussels statement.

The visit will take place in the context of efforts to boost dialogue between Ankara and Brussels, following a tense period last year over the Eastern Mediterranean, according to spokesman Michel Barent Leyts.

A written statement from Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios reads as follows:

“In view of the upcoming visit of the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission in Ankara, the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades had a teleconference this morning with the President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel.

During the teleconference, President Anastasiades reiterated his determination to engage constructively at the Informal Geneva Conference on 27-29 April, calling on President Michel to underline the urgent need for the Turkish side to share our political will, so that create the necessary conditions for the resumption of substantive talks.

He also referred to the importance of the EU presence at the Geneva Conference, but also to the substantive negotiations after the resumption, in order to strengthen the prospects for resolving the Cyprus issue and to reach a functional, lasting solution.

President Anastasiades also reiterated that the apparent escalation of tensions on behalf of Turkey in the Cypriot EEZ must have duration and stability while stressing that, contrary to relevant UN Security Council resolutions, threats related to the implementation of illegal Turkish plans in the Varosha region continue, with the informal meeting in Geneva near the corner.

Finally, on the issue of migration, the President of the Republic noted the particularly difficult situation that has arisen in Cyprus, which for years continues to occupy the first place among the EU Member States in terms of population in terms of asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection. This is a problem exacerbated by Turkey’s persistent refusal to meet its obligations to all Member States. “

The Greek side issued a simple statement noting: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had an early teleconference with European Council President Charles Michel ahead of Michel’s visits to Libya and Turkey next week, as well as the Prime Minister’s visit to Libya on Tuesday 6 April. .

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