Cyprus President takes part in Summit of southern EU member states

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades takes part on Monday at a summit between the seven southern EU member states, in Madrid, which will focus among others on Brexit and the future of Europe.

Earlier on Monday President Anastasiades is set to have a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and will then take part in a working lunch at the Palacio Real del Pardo with the seven heads of state and government of EU southern countries, a Press & Information Office (PIO) press release says.

The seven heads of state or government will then make statements to the media, it adds.

According to the press release the summit “is expected to focus, among other issues, on matters relating to Brexit, as well as the Future of Europe.”

During the summit, it notes, President Anastasiades “will inform the seven heads of state or government on recent developments in the Cyprus problem.”

He is accompanied to Madrid by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

The UN have announced that talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11 after a lull since mid February when Akinci walked out of a meeting, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency