Cyprus President to take part in European Council and have meetings with EU leaders

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades travels to Brussels on Wednesday, where he will take part in a special European Council to be held on February 20 and will have bilateral meetings with the new Presidents of EU institutions.

The Council will discuss issues relating to the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, a presidency press release says.

Referring to his meetings with the new Presidents of EU Institutions, it notes that they will be “the first official and private meetings between the President and the heads of the EU institutions.”

In particular, President Anastasiades will have a working lunch tomorrow with European Council President Charles Michel, and in the afternoon he will meet with European Parliament President David Sassoli.

On Thursday, he will have a meeting with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

In the framework of his visit to Brussels, the President will also meet with the President of the European People’s Party Donald Tusk.

On the sidelines of the European Council Meeting, the President of the Republic will also meet with heads of state or government.

“In his meetings, President Anastasiades will raise issues regarding the developments on the Cyprus problem, the illegal actions of Turkey in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as in the fenced city of Famagusta, which is under military occupation by Turkey,” the press release reads.

He will be accompanied in Brussels by Government Spokesman Kyriacos Koushos.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led 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.

Varosha, the fenced off section of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, is often described as a ‘ghost town’. UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN. UN Security Council resolution 789 (1992) also urges that with a view to the implementation of resolution 550 (1984), the area at present under the control of the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus should be extended to include Varosha.

Kudret Ozersay, the foreign minister of the illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus, arranged in late August a press visit for Turkish Cypriot and Turkish journalists and media in the fenced � off part of Famagusta for the first time in 45 years and announced that he will gradually open the city. A Turkish Bar Association event was organized in Varosha, on Saturday, with the participation of Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay and Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul.

Source: Cyprus News Agency