Cyprus issue, bilateral ties, regional and international issues discussed between House President and Hungarian Minister

Cyprus issue, bilateral ties and regional and international issues were discussed between House President DemetrisSyllouris and and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade PeterSzijjarto, who is on visit in Cyprus following an invitation by his counterpart NicosChristodoulides with whom he signed an MoU in energy.

Syllouris briefed the Minister on the Cyprus problem and Szijjarto, according to a press release by the Parliament, reassured tha his country recognizes only one state in Cyprus, the Republic of Cyprus.

The President of the Parliament referred to the role Cyprus can play as a bridge of cooperation in the region, being an EU member state and at the same time enjoying good relations with states in the region. He also spoke about the initiatives of the Parliament to this end.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-backed peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

On Friday UNSG Envoy Jane Hall Lute is expected to arrive on the island for talks with President NicosAnastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci hoping that they could agree upon terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumptions of talks. Yesterday Lute was in Ankara and met with Turkish Foreign Minister MevlutCavusoglu.

Source: Cyprus News Agency