Cyprus FM and Mogherini discuss EU role in efforts to resume Cyprus peace talks

Foreign Affaris Minister Nikos Christodoulides met today in Brussels with High Representative Federica Mogherini, with whom he exchanged views on current developments in the Cyprus problem, in the light of contacts the UN Secretary-Generals special envoy will carry out with all parties concerned in the coming days.

They also talked about the crucial role the EU can play in efforts to resume the stalled Cyprus peace talks.

During the meeting the two parties highlighted “the importance of meaningful EU involvement in the process so as to ensure, for the benefit of all Cypriot people, the compatibility of all aspects of the solution with the EU acquis and EU principles and values, as well as the ability of reunited Cyprus, as an EU Member State, to effectively exercise its role.”

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the High Representative also exchanged views on developments in the wider Middle East region, the role that the Republic of Cyprus can play as the EU Member State adjacent to the region, as well as on possible European actions to address common challenges.

The Minister was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the EU, Ambassador Nicolas Emiliou.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated rounds of UN-sponsored peace talks have not yet led to a negotiated settlement that would reunite the country under a federal roof. The latest such attempt, in July last year, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency