EU 27 appear to be in line with Cyprus’ position on security and guarantees, says Government Spokesman

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, is satisfied with the fact that the 27 EU partners appear to be in line with the Cypriot position on security and guarantees, following the Presidents speech to the European Council last night.

The Spokesman told the press that a two-digit number of Member States participated in the debate on the Cyprus issue and Euro-Turkish relations and it is commonly acknowledged that “in 2017 we cannot talk about guarantees in an EU Member State”.

The Spokesperson informed the press on the “very interesting” meeting � as he described it – the President had earlier today with Britains Prime Minister Teresa May. He also referred to a partial approach to some of the issues raised in the relevant “Eide document”.

The issue that dominated the meeting is the upcoming Conference on Cyprus, the Spokesman said.

“There was agreement that the result of the discussions on the chapter on security and guarantees, at the Conference, will show if we can be optimistic about a positive outcome from this process,” he pointed out.

He also noted that there was an exchange of concrete views on the content of the initial draft common document presented to all parties involved by the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

“Let me tell you that the positions of our side were sent late last night. There are common, if you want, positions with the British Government on some points mentioned in the draft document handed over to all interested parties,” Christodoulides added.

The spokesman noted that “Turkey, the internal situation in the country as well as EU relations with Ankara were also discussed, and finally there was an exchange of views on the talks on Brexit. There are also some issues which touch on our bilateral relations that have been discussed between the President and the British Prime Minister. “

I would like to express the Presidents satisfaction with the fact that last night at the European Council meeting and during the Cyprus debate (the briefing by the President) as well as the debate on Turkey, which took place at the initiative of some of the Member States, a two-digit number of Heads of Government participated and a common approach to security and guarantees was formed: it is the fact that we cannot in the year 2017 still talk about guarantees in an EU Member State,” the Spokesman stressed.

“It is at the same time accepted, with regard to Euro-Turkish relations, that the only way to advance this relationship between Brussels and Turkey, is that above all else, Turkey should work very specifically for the solution of the Cyprus problem,” concluded Nikos Christodoulides.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides officially conveyed the satisfaction of the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, for the fact that the EU 27 partner appeared to be in line with the Cypriot position on security and guarantees, following Presidents speach to the European Council last night.

The Spokesman told the Press that a two-digit number of Member States participated in the debate on the Cyprus issue and Euro-Turkish relations and it is commonly accepted that “in 2017 we can not talk about guarantees in an EU Member State”.

The Spokesperson informed the press on the “interesting” as he described it, meeting the President Anastasiades had earlier today with Britains Prime Minister Teresa May. He also mentioned a partial approach to some of the issues raised in the relevant “Eide document”.

In particular, the Spokesperson stated that “a very interesting meeting of the President of the Republic with the British Prime Minister was concluded just earlier, and you should realize that the issue that dominated the talks is the upcoming conference on Cyprus.”

“There was an agreement that the results in the debate on the chapter on security and guarantees are those that will show if we can be optimistic about a positive outcome from this process.”

He also noted a that “henceforth there was an exchange of concrete views on the content of the draft submitted by Mr Eide.”

“Let me tell you that the positions of our side were sent late last night,” the spokesman said, “it is worth mentioning the fact that there are common, if you want, positions with the British Government on some points mentioned in the draft document handed over to all interested parties”.

The spokesman noted that “henceforth the issue of Turkey, the internal situation as well as the EUs relations with Turkey was discussed, and finally there was an exchange of views on the talks on the exit of Britain from the EU. There are also some issues which touch on our bilateral relations that have been discussed between the President and the British Prime Minister. “

The Government Spokesperson said that he wants to express “the Presidents satisfaction with the fact that last night at the European Council meeting and during the Cyprus debate (the briefing by the President of the Republic) as well as the debate on Turkey, which took place at the initiative of some of the Member States, a two-digit number of Heads of Government was involdev and a common approach to security and guarantees was formed: it is the fact that we can not in 2017, still talk about guarantees in an EU Member State “.

“It is at the same time, accepted about the Euro-Turkish relations, that the only way to advance this relationship between Brussels and Turkey, is that above all else, Turkey should work very specifically for the solution of the Cyprus problem,” concluded Nikos Christodoulides.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third. President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Anastasiades, accompanied by the political party leaders, will travel to Crans Montana, Switzerland, where the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene on June 28. The common document drafted by Eide aims to guide the discussions on the issue of security and guarantees.

Also participating are Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

Source: Cyprus News Agency