EC and Cyprus will continue to work to solve the British Bases issue in the framework of Brexit, reaffirms Barnier

The European Union and the Republic of Cyprus will continue their joint efforts to reach an agreement within the broader framework of the UKs EU orderly withdrawal Agreement on the issue of the Sovereign British Bases, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and EU Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier reaffirm, after bilateral meeting in the margins of the the General Affairs Council and before a special Article 50 meeting. Michel Barnier reaffirmed his personal commitment to resolving the issue at the agreed EU-Cyprus concesnus.

As announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides discussed with Barnier the overall course of the EU-UK negotiations and in particular with regard to the necessary arrangements for the continued application of the acquis communautaire and European law in the British Bases in Cyprus after the Brexit and safeguarding the rights of Cypriot citizens who live and work in the British Bases area.

Regarding the main labor of the General Affairs Council, ie the enlargement of the EU, Nikos Christodoulides stressed, inter alia, that the text reflects the concerns of all EU Member States regarding its accession course country.

“Cyprus supports Turkeys full accession to the EU, provided that Ankara will respond to the EUs suggestions regarding the human rights situation in the country and the rule of law, as well as the fulfillment of all its obligations, without discrimination, against of the EU, including the Republic of Cyprus” , the Foreign Minister stressed in his speech and “thanked his counterparts for their support for Nicosias positions on Turkeys Cyprus related obligations.”

With regard to the Western Balkans, the Foreign Minister, after expressing Cypruss support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans region, stressed the importance of “sending a clear positive signal to Albania and FYROM on their European future” while emphasizing the need for their compatibility with the principle of conditionality, as the basic principle of the EU governing the accession process of all candidate countries.

The ministers also discussed the preparation of the European Council to be held in Brussels on 28 and 29 June, the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the ongoing negotiations on the UKs exit from the EU.

Finally, the Foreign Minister also met with Alexander Stubb, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), with whom he exchanged views on issues related to the role of the EIB and cooperation with the EU Member States. Prior to the meeting, Mr Christodoulides attended the working breakfast of the European Peoples Party.

Source: Cyprus News Agency