Foreign Minister expresses full support to Belgrade’s EU accession course

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides expressed Thursday Cyprus’ full support to Belgrade’s EU accession course.

Speaking after a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic, in the sidelines of the official visit President Anastasiades is paying to Belgrade, Christodoulides also conveyed the reediness of the Republic of Cyprus to provide material support to Serbia’s efforts to join the EU.

Dacic said from his part that relations with Cyprus are a priority and urged the Serbs to visit the free areas of Cyprus, avoiding travel agencies offering trips to the occupied parts of the island.

According to a Foreign Ministry announcement, Christodoulides said he had a very constructive meeting with his Serbian counterpart, confirming the excellent bilateral relations, the traditional friendship between their peoples and their common approach on a number of bilateral and multilateral issues.

Christodoulides praised Dacic for the significant progress Belgrade achieved in the area of reforms, adding that Nicosia is an honest supporter of Serbia’s effort to join the EU.

He also pointed to the position of Cyprus vis-A�-vis the non-recognition of Kosovo, adding that in the absence of a mutually acceptable solution on the issue of the area’s status, Cyprus considers the unilateral declaration of independence by Pristina to be illegal.

Christodoulides also informed Dacic about recent developments regarding the Cyprus problem and the efforts to resume talks from the point they were left off in July 2017 at Crans Montana.

He also referred to Turkey’s provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean which, as he said, go against the interests not only of the Republic of Cyprus and the EU, but also of other neighboring countries.

Christodoulides invited his counterpart to visit Cyprus, saying that it was agreed on the highest level to sign a Memorandum there, providing for regular political consultations between the two Foreign Ministries.

Serbia attaches great importance to its relations with the Republic of Cyprus Dacic said from his part, while expressing gratitude for Nicosia’s consistent principled position over Kosovo.

Speaking through an interpreter, the Serbian Foreign Minister added that cooperation needs to step up. He said that they were asked today to prepare the intergovernmental conference in Cyprus, which will be attended by the Presidents of the two countries.

He said finally that the two sides will exchange information and will enter in consultations over foreign policy matters, aiming to assist each other.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks commenced at Crans-Montana on June 28, 2017, but in the early hours of July 7, it was announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency