Greek Prime Minister supports creation of conditions for Cyprus talks resumption

Greeces Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has conveyed his support of the positions of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and of the need for the creation of the necessary conditions for the resumption of the Cyprus reunification talks during a telephone conversation with Anastasiades on Friday.

In a written statement Deputy Government Spokeswoman Klelia Vasiliou announced the telephone conversation, noting that the two leaders reviewed regional current developments, with a particular emphasis on the dinner between President Anastasiades and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, that will take place on Monday.

Greeces Prime Minister “fully supports” President Anastasiades “position and the need for the creation of the necessary conditions for the resumption of bicommunal dialogue, so that a solution can be reached on the basis of United Nations resolutions and Cyprus status as a European Union member state, starting with a dialogue within the framework of UN Secretary General, as it was expressed in Crans – Montana,” the statement reads.

President Anastasiades also conveyed his sincere condolences of the loss of Capt. Giorgos Baltadoros, the pilot of the Greek fighter jet which crashed yesterday in the Aegean Sea.

President Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem. The latest round of talks took place in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana but failed to yield any results. The two leaders are set to meet for the first time since, during a dinner hosted by the UN on Monday.

UN talks aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency