A Cyprus settlement must abide by EU principles and EU law, President of Portugal says

The settlement of the Cyprus problem must abide by EU principles and European law, President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Souza has said.

Souza received on Wednesday the credentials of the new Ambassador of Cyprus to Portugal Andreas Ignatiou, who expressed the satisfaction of the government for the stance of the Portuguese government on the Cyprus problem and the supporting role of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

According to a PIO press release Souza reaffirmed the interest and the continued support of his country to efforts for a Cyprus settlement. He expressed his will to enhance the cooperation and friendship between the two countries and extended an invitation to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to visit Portugal.

During the ceremony, attended by Jose Luis Carneiro Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad and the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Ana Martinho, Ignatiou conveyed President Anastasiades regards and wishes for progress and welfare to the government and the people of Portugal.

The Ambassador briefed the President for the current phase of the Cyprus talks and assured him that he will work hard to further enhance bilateral relations between Cyprus and Portugal.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN led talks since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency