French FM reiterates France’s support of efforts for Cyprus solution

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has assured his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides of France’s support of the efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem and of Cyprus’ energy plans, underlining at the same time the strategic nature of the two countries’ cooperation.

According to a press and information office press release, Kasoulides, who is in France in the context of a working visit, met with Le Drien, French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Nathalie Loiseau, French President’s foreign policy adviser top Philippe Etienne and high-ranking officials from TOTAL with who he reviews the company’s drilling programme within Cyprus’ EEZ.

Kasoulides, the press release says, informed his French counterpart of the state of affairs of the Cyprus reunification talks, in view of the Conference on Cyprus, set to take place on June 28 at Crans � Montana, Switzerland.

He stressed the importance for progress to be made in the chapter of security and guarantees so that progress can be made in the rest of the issues.

On his part, Le Drien assured Kasoulides of France’s support in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem and of the Republic of Cyprus’ energy plans, underlining also the strategic nature of the cooperation between the two countries.

A French Foreign Ministry Spokesman also referred to France’s role in the Cyprus reunification effort, another PIO press release says, replying to a question during the daily briefing.

As a member of the UN Security Council, France steadily supports the negotiating process for reunification, he said.

As the talks continue, he added, it encourages the leaders of the two communities to find a solution in accordance with UN parameters and compatible with the acquis communautaire.

According to the French official the matter of security will be at the core of the Conference which will start in Geneva on June 28.

All interested parties should work in favour of a solution which will respond to the common wish of Cypriots to find again a united and peaceful island, he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

President Anastasiades accompanied by a large delegation departed on Tuesday morning for Crans-Montana, Switzerland, to attend the Conference on Cyprus, which begins on Wednesday, under the UN auspices.

In a written statement on Monday, he said that he is going to Switzerland with the sole purpose and intention of reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem and urged the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot sides to come forward with the same determination and willingness to find a solution.

Source: Cyprus News Agency