Greece, Cyprus Fully Support UN Secretary-General’s Efforts to Resume Cyprus Talks

In their opening remarks at today’s meeting at the Maximos Residence in Athens, the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Greek Prime Minister conveyed a message that the framework for resolving the Cyprus issue is outlined by United Nations resolutions and resolutions.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met this morning with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

During their meeting, the two heads of state confirmed the full support of Greece and Cyprus in the efforts of the UN Secretary General to resume negotiations on the Cyprus issue.

The meeting is a continuation of the ongoing coordination and cooperation between Athens and Nicosia, in view of the informal Meeting of the Five Parties (5 + 1) convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, scheduled to take place on April 27-29 in Geneva. .

President Anastasiades described as particularly important the effort made “in order to create the conditions for the UN Secretary General to determine whether there is room for dialogue, in order to resolve a problem that arose from the Turkish occupation and the occupation of Cypriot territory” .

“The framework of the negotiations is described by UN resolutions, Security Council decisions, EU principles and values. These were decided on November 25, 2019 in Berlin, in the presence of the UN Secretary General and Mr. Akinci, “said Anastasiades.

At the same time, the President of Cyprus stressed that this was not an attempt to usurp anyone’s rights.

“We are trying to find a way for both communities to feel safe and for human rights to be guaranteed to all the Cypriot people; For the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus to create a viable and functional state. “Far from guarantees and foreign troops, and especially far from any dependence of third parties,” said Anastasiades, adding that the positions of the two countries coincide.

“Our role in the negotiations is different. “However, when it comes to security and guarantees, you will have an important role to play,” he concluded.

For his part, the Greek Prime Minister noted that Athens and Nicosia are coordinating their actions in view of the Geneva Five-Party Meeting under the auspices of the UN Secretary General, something that, as he said, determines the context in which it will talks take place. carry

“The context is clear. It is based on all previous UN resolutions and the solution can only be found within the framework of the Bi-Municipal Bi-Zone Federation with one sovereignty, one citizenship, one international representation. And of course with the withdrawal of the invading armies, but also the removal of the anachronistic institution of guarantees, “he said, adding that” the starting point is absolutely clear. “

“This is why today we will be given the opportunity to coordinate our actions. We are approaching the discussions positively, in order to find a solution that will be fair, functional and sustainable for the benefit of all Cypriots; “Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” the Greek Prime Minister noted.

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