Cyprus President travels to Germany for meetings with Scholz, Steinmeier and Merkel

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, leaves on Tuesday for Germany where he will hold on November 23 and 24, in the framework of a working visit, meetings with the German Chancellor, Οlaf Scholz, the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the former Chancellor of Germany.


In recent statements, Anastasiades has said that the meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin will take place in the framework of the continuation of the efforts made in order to create the necessary conditions to resume a dialogue regarding the Cyprus issue”.


Moreover, he noted the need “to repeat what we have been doing since Crans-Montana, the need for the international community, the European Union in particular, to realise that without intervention a small country like Cyprus cannot achieve the results that we all desire.”


Anastasiades and Scholz will also discuss bilateral, European, economic and energy issues.


A press release issued by the Presidency said that on November 23 at 1000 local time, President Anastasiades will go to the Bellevue Palace, in Berlin, where he will be welcomed by President Steinmeier.


President Anastasiades will sign the book of visitors at the Palace and will then have a private meeting with his German counterpart. After that the two Presidents will chair expanded talks between delegations of the two countries.


At 1700 local time, the President of the Republic will arrive at the Chancellery where he will be welcomed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, while a military contingent will pay tribute. Following that Anastasiades will have a private meeting with Scholz and afterwards delegations of Cyprus and Germany will have expanded talks. At 18.15 local time, President Anastasiades and the Chancellor of Germany will make statements to the media.


On November 24, at 0930 local time, the President of Cyprus will visit the Jewish Museum. He will also give an interview to Die Welt newspaper. Anastasiades will have a private meeting on the same day with the former Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, at her office.


He will be accompanied to Berlin by Government Spokesman, Marios Pelekanos, Deputy Minister to the President, Petros Demetriou, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Germany, Maria Papakyriakou, the Director of his Office, Pantelis Pantelides and other officials. Anastasiades will return to Cyprus in the evening of November 24.


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.


Source: Cyprus News Agency