Cypriot MP expresses concerns over security issues as long as the Cyprus problem remains unsolved

Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and European Affairs Nicos Tornaritis has expressed concerns over security issues as long as the Cyprus problem remains unsolved. Tornaritis attended the Meeting of the Presidents of the European Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of the Member States of the European Union (EU) (COSAC).

According to a press release issued by the House of Representatives, the meeting, which is concluded later on Monday in Helsinki, is hosted by the Finnish Parliament in the context of Finland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In his speech, Tornaritis said that the threats against Cyprus concern the whole of the EU. He added that the Cyprus problem, should be addressed when discussing the Unions cooperation with Turkey. The Cyprus MP said that as long as part of the Republic of Cyprus, which is a European territory and sovereignty, remains under Turkish military occupation, security and peace in the wider Mediterranean region will be undermined.

Tornaritis also thanked Cyprus’ partners in the EU for the decision to impose sanctions on Turkey for its illegal activities within the Cyprus EEZ. He said that Turkeys actions against the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, disregard international law, notably the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

He went on to say that these threats, may increase tensions in the region, and all stakeholders, including the UN and the EU, have to focus their efforts on finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Tornaritis also welcomed the priorities set by the Finnish Presidency and noted that all areas of action require collective efforts to produce targeted policies that will address the challenges faced by the EU.

Focusing on the issue of citizen’s protection and security and the development of a Union that protects the citizens, Tornaritis underlined that the importance of the Finnish Presidencys specific priority derives from the impact of security conflicts on the wider EU neighborhood

Source: Cyprus News Agency