France warmly welcomes announcement for a Conference on Cyprus in June, Ambassador Troccaz tells CNA

France warmly welcomes the announcement following the UN Secretary Generals dinner with the Cyprus leaders, the French Ambassador in Nicosia Rene Troccaz told CNA invited to comment on the agreement announced after the dinner to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June

“It is good news that the leaders, with the help of the United Nations, overcame the procedural obstacles they were facing. We sincerely hope that their efforts will be successful so that the island can finally be reunified,” Troccaz said.

He said that Frances longstanding position is in support of a successful completion of the talks and the reunification, adding that they are also encouraged by the reaffirmation of the role of the EU at the talks.

The UN announced on Monday following a dinner which Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that “the leaders and the Secretary-General agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June in line with the 12 January statement of the Conference.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency