European Commission Programme Manager to visit Cyprus next week, says President

A European Commission Programme Manager is expected to be in Cyprus next week, to examine whether what is being discussed in the Cyprus talks is consistent or not with the European acquis, according to President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.

The President of the Republic visited on Friday the Dherynia crossing point, where works have been underway for its opening.

President Anastasiades told reporters that his visit was a symbolic action to demonstrate how determined we are to work, so there is no need for crossing points.

He said that the crossing points of Dherynia and of Apliki-Lefka would have been ready long ago if there were no demands, some difficulties that we encountered.

The essence, he noted, is that finally the opening of the crossing point of Dherynia is coming closer. I hope that what we have agreed upon will be put into immediate effect, thus allowing easier access to the occupied areas, but will also be the beginning of the road to return to the occupied areas, he said.

President Anastasiades noted that what matters is that the solution the two sides will agree on will not create new problems. The solution, he said, must be sustainable, functional and create prospects for peaceful coexistence.

He also said that a European Commission Programme Manager will visit Cyprus next week, to examine the parameters of what is being discussed in the talks, i.e. whether they are in line or not with the European acquis.

Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks are currently underway with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency