FM Christodoulides discusses with Mogherini the Cyprus issue and Turkey’s actions in the EEZ

Cyprus Foreign ?ffairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, briefed today High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, Federica Mogherini, on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, the Republics energy planning in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Turkeys actions in the region, ahead of the EU – Turkey high level political dialogue.

The EU-Turkey high level political dialogue will be held in Ankara on the 22nd of November and Mogherini along with EU Commissioner on enlargement will travel there for the purpose. This bilateral meeting took place before the works of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

More specifically, the Foreign Minister had the opportunity to inform the High Representative of the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, and in particular of the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General through Lutes mandate to set “benchmarks” that will lead to the resumption of meaningful talks as soon as possible, making reference to the key role that the EU can play towards the resumption of substantive talks, and for their successful conclusion.

As noted, Nikos Christodoulides also referred to the implementation of the Republics energy planning within its EEZ, stressing the importance of the energy developments in the Eastern Mediterranean for regional cooperation as well as the energy security of Europe as a whole, denouncing Turkeys actions in the region against the exercise of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and the real aspirations that Ankara wants to serve through these actions.

With regard to the future of Euro-Turkish relations, the Foreign Minister reiterated Cyprus standing position in support of the impetus of Turkeys accession course, “provided that Ankara will, as all accession states, implement as a whole the obligations undertaken with regard to the EU, including in relation to Cyprus, as well as the need to demonstrate a constructive attitude towards the efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue, which will not go beyond the framework of the relevant United Nations resolutions and principles and values of the EU “.

Finally, Christodoulides and Mogerini reviewed and exchanged views on the latest developments in the Middle East and the role of the Republic of Cyprus as a Member State of the Union in the region.

Source: Cyprus News Agency