Cyprus’ role in EU important, General Kostarakos says

Cyprus has an important role to play in the EU framework and we are trying for Cyprus to play this role under the most favourable terms, General Mikhail Kostarakos, permanent Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC), said on Tuesday.

He was addressing the press after a meeting with Cypriot Defence Minister Christophoros Fokaides who underlined Cyprus’ intention to contribute to enhancing the operational capabilities but also the EU policies to promote stability, marine and energy safety in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In his statements, the Cypriot Defence Minister said that during their meeting they had the opportunity to exchange views on developments as regards the initiatives to enhance and deepen defence cooperation in Europe, as well as to how the Eu can best meet current challenges and to upgrade its role as a security provider on an international level and to strengthen a feeling of security among European citizens.

I had the opportunity to reiterate Cyprus’ clear commitment to contribute practically and essentially towards that direction through specific actions and policies, he added.

During their meeting, he said, he also informed Kostarakos on recent developments on the Conference on Cyprus, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and the ongoing efforts to create the conditions to end the occupation of territories of a European country, allow Cyprus’ reunification in conditions of security, freedom and peace without occupying troops and anachronistic guarantor systems.

On his part, the EU official said that it is well known that the EU absolutely supports these historic moments, which are taking place in Switzerland for a solution of a problem which is very important for the Eastern Mediterranean and Hellenism in general.

Referring to Cyprus’ role he pointed out that Cyprus has an important role to play in the EU framework and we are trying for Cyprus to play this role under the most favourable terms.

UN-facilitated peace talks are currently underway in this Swiss ski resort with a view to finding a negotiated settlement to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency