Cyprus President meets Serbian counterpart, Vatican’s Secretary of State

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades who is in New York to attend the 77th UN General Assembly met on Tuesday with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, and the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.


According to a press release issued by the Presidency, Anastasiades attended the opening of the UNGA by UN chief, Antonio Guterres, who will host a reception to the Heads of State attending the General Assembly.


Later on, the President held separate meetings with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, and with the Holly See’s Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.


Government Spokesman, Marios Pelekanos, said in a written statement that Anastasiades and Vucic discussed the state of play in the Cyprus problem, the bilateral relations and military cooperation between the two countries, Serbia’s and the Western Balkans’ EU course, as well as other issues of mutual concern, such as the developments and the consequences of the war in Ukraine.


The two Heads of State also discussed the developments with regard to the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and the need to exert pressure on Kosovo, with a view to engage in the process more constructively.


As far as the meeting with the Vatical Secretary of State is concerned, Pelekanos said the two sides expressed their joint position to further upgrade their bilateral ties, while Anastasiades and Parolin exchanged views regarding the war in Ukraine its consequences.


The Cypriot President briefed the Carinal on the latest developments to the Cyprus problem, Pelekanos added.


Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory. Numerous rounds of talks under the aegis of the UN, to reunite the island, failed to yield results.


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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