Cyprus thanks Iran for its support to end Turkish occupation

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has thanked Iran for its support to efforts made by the Government of Cyprus to end Turkish occupation and reunify the island through a viable and comprehensive settlement, in line with the relevant UN Security council resolutions and EU law, values and principles.

“A solution that will safeguard the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus, without foreign guarantees and intervention. It is of utmost importance that reunified Cyprus continues to playing its role as a purveyor of stability, prosperity and a crossroad for cooperation in the wider Middle East region”, Photiou said, in remarks during a reception on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

Photiou said that Cyprus and Iran are bound by traditional ties of friendship and have long established a close co-operation at the bilateral and multilateral level. “It is my sincere conviction that our relations will continue to prosper and become even more robust in the years to come”, he said, conveying, on behalf of the President and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes.

“On this celebratory occasion, permit me to express anew our heartfelt wishes and for the continued prosperity of Iran and its people, as well as to the further strengthening of the relations and cooperation between our two countries and peoples”, the Commissioner said.

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 the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency