Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and China discuss UNFICYP and Cyprus problem

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides met on Wednesday with State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, in Larnaca, with the two men discussing, among others, the Cyprus problem, the renewal of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and bilateral relations.

According to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry, Wang Yi’s airplane made a stopover in Larnaca airport enroute to Africa and the meeting was held late on Wednesday afternoon.

The two Ministers had the chance during their meeting to exchange views regarding the state of play of the Cyprus problem, the issue of renewing the mandate of UNFICYP, issues pertaining to developments in the wider region of the Middle East, as well as bilateral relations between the two countries and EU-China relations it is noted.

Finally, the announcement says that Christodoulides accepted an invitation by the Chinese Foreign Minister to pay a visit to China and the date will be determined through the diplomatic path.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results.

Source: Cyprus News Agency