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Anastasiades: I expect the EU and the UN to react

Our efforts are aimed at preventing any achievement that Turkey will pursue with the presence of the Turkish President in the occupied territories or with any of his announcements about Famagusta, said tonight the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.

Speaking to reporters at a reception hosted by the French Ambassador at the embassy on the occasion of France National Day, he was asked if the measures being considered by the National Council were capable of thwarting Turkey’s provocative and illegal actions in Famagusta, the President of The republic said that “every effort is to prevent any achievement that Turkey will seek through the presence or any announcement of the Turkish President”.

Commenting on a reporter that France now holds the presidency of the Security Council and when asked if political and diplomatic efforts would pay off, President Anastasiadis said: “Obviously steps have been taken and what I expect is from the United Nations and the EU. to react in accordance with Turkey’s behavior “.

Earlier today, Nicos Anastasiades chaired a meeting of the National Council at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of the Attorney General of the Republic and the President of Famagusta, Simos Ioannou.

After the meeting, Government Spokesman Marios Pelekanos told reporters that “the National Council meeting, which lasted about four hours and was held in a creative and constructive atmosphere, has just ended.

During the meeting, the President of the Republic gave a wide announcement to the political leaders and the President of Famagusta, who attended the meeting, about all the actions taken and to be taken by the Government since the last informal Summit in Geneva, from on the one hand for the resumption of negotiations and on the other hand on the issue of Turkish provocations and threats against Famagusta, in view of the forthcoming illegal visit of the President of Turkey to the occupied territories.

The Attorney General of the Republic, who attended the meeting, presented the views of the Legal Service on specific aspects.

I would like to emphasize that the Mayor of Famagusta conveyed to the participants the positions of the Municipality of Famagusta, asking all members of the National Council to stand united on the side of the people of Famagusta, something with which all political leaders agreed.

The positions and suggestions of all political leaders were heard and opinions were exchanged on how to deal with the Turkish provocation.

“It was agreed that the National Council will meet again on an ad hoc basis, depending on developments, during the Turkish President’s illegal visit to the occupied territories.”

Asked about it, Marios Pelekanos said he does not want to expand the decisions taken during the National Council meeting.

“Some decisions have really been made, which, depending on the developments, will take the form of implementation,” he said.

In another question, he said that “if the National Council needs to convene exceptionally, as soon as the President of Turkey arrives, then yes, he will convene immediately.”

Asked about the measures reviewed by the National Council today, the spokesman said that “proposals for measures presented by political leaders are on the table and depending on developments the National Council will be called to take decisions based on these developments.”ibna

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