Greece, Egypt and Lebanon express support for Cyprus reunification at Rhodos Ministerial Conference

Greece, Egypt, and Lebanon have expressed their support for the need to resolve the Cyprus problem and to reunify Cyprus on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions and EU principles and values without the system of guarantees, invasive rights and permanent presence of foreign army on the island.

Their support was expressed during the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Security and Stability held in the Greek island of Rhodes the deliberations of which were completed on Friday. Cyprus was represented by Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, who on the sidelines of the conference held a series of meetings with foreign officials in which he had the opportunity to brief them about the latest developments of the Cyprus issue.

According to a press release by the Presidency, the conference addressed issues such as security and stability in the region and regional challenges.

During the debate on the efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region, Greece, Egypt and Lebanon expressed their support for the need to resolve the Cyprus issue and to reunify Cyprus on the basis of relevant UN resolutions and EU principles and values without guarantees, invasive rights and the permanent presence of a foreign army on the island.

They noted that such a development would contribute decisively to the objective of security and stability of the region and expressed the need for the respect of the international law and the rights of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

In his intervention at the conference, the Cypriot Foreign Minister referred to the development of tripartite cooperation mechanisms set up by Cyprus and Greece and the added value of such co-operations, both for the participating countries and the region in general.

He stressed that Cyprus and Greece, as Member States of the European Union, promote the need for a more active involvement of the Union in the region, due to the geostrategic importance of the Eastern Mediterranean and the various challenges it has to address.

Christodoulides also announced that the Youth Board of Cyprus intends to co-organise in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreing Affairs a conference by the end of 2018 on cybersecurity, with the participation of youth organisations from the Rhodos Conference countries.

On the sidelines of the conference, the Foreign Minister held bilateral meetings with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, President of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul Latif bin Rashind Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine Dr Diyad Al-Malki, Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and Egyptian Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister of Egypt Amr Ramadan.

Source: Cyprus News Agency