DISY President discusses Cyprus problem with German official

The Cyprus problem and matters pertaining to the chapter of security and guarantees were the main topics of discussion between Democratic Rally President Averof Neofytou and Joachim Bertele group leader for foreign policy, security policy, and global questions in the Federal Chancellery, during a meeting, in Berlin, on Tuesday, with the latter assuring of the German government’s interest in reaching a solution.

The Cyprus problem was the main matter of discussion in the meeting while the matter of guarantees and security was also discussed extensively, a DISY press release issued here today says.

DISY President, it notes, explained that the Treaty of Guarantees is anachronistic and must be abolished. He also explained that it not acceptable to have foreign occupation troops on European territory and they must leave.

A discussion took place on the role the European Union should have in the process and views were exchanged as to how Germany could contribute positively in the effort to reach a solution, the press release says.

On his part Bertele, it adds, assured of the German government’s interest in reaching a solution of the Cyprus problem.

They also agreed to be in touch in view of the continuation of the conference on Cyprus in Switzerland.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

President Anastasiades accompanied by a large delegation departed on Tuesday morning for Crans-Montana, Switzerland, to attend the Conference on Cyprus, which begins on Wednesday, under the UN auspices.

In a written statement on Monday, he said that he is going to Switzerland with the sole purpose and intention of reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem and urged the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot sides to come forward with the same determination and willingness to find a solution.

Source: Cyprus News Agency