Chairman of House Finance Committee discusses Cyprus problem, energy and economic issues in Australia

The latest developments in the Cyprus problem, economy related issues, energy matters, in particular natural gas resources in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, have been discussed during the contacts that the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs Averof Neofytou has had in Melbourne.

The Cypriot MP has concluded his contacts in Melbourne, Australia, during which he had meetings with Members of the Parliament of Victoria and the Director of the Australian Foreign Ministry Department in Melbourne Jenny Bloomfield. He also visited the Cyprus community in Sunshine.

During his meetings, Neofytou briefed his interlocutors on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the prospects of resuming the direct negotiations under UN auspices.

He also exchanged views about the potential for the states of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus, following the discovery of natural gas deposits in the area. Furthermore he briefed them on the economic prospects in Cyprus after the financial crisis of 2013.

Neofytou was accompanied in his meetings by Deputy Minister of Shipping Natasa Pilides and the High Commissioner of Cyprus to Australia Martha Mavrommatis. He returns to Cyprus on Tuesday.

The Republic of Cyprus remains divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island. Numerous UN-backed talks, aiming at reunifying the island under a federal roof, have failed to yield any results. The latest round of peace talks took place last July at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency