House President and Chinese officials discuss Cyprus problem and bilateral cooperation

The Cyprus problem and bilteral cooperation between Cyprus and China were discussed during a meeting House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris had with Vice Chairman of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Liu Xincheng, on Thursday.

A delegation of high ranking members and officials of CPPCC, headed by Liu, is paying Cyprus a visit following an invitation by Syllouris. The delegation is accompanied by Chinese Ambassador in Nicosia Huang Xingyuan.

During the meeting Syllouris reaffirmed the excellent friendly relations between Cyprus and China, highlighting the importance of the recent stregthening of ties between the two countries on all levels and in particular the parliamentary one, a House of Representatives press release issued here today says.

He further stressed, a will to further enhance cooperation in important sectors, referring in particular in commerce, investments, infrastructure, tourism and culture, the press release adds.

Syllouris thanked Liu for Chinas long-standing support in the efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem and its steafast principled position in favour of Cyprus sovereingty and territorial integrity, especially in its capacity as a UN Security Council permanent member.

Referring to the continuous provocative actions of Turkey against the Republic of Cyprus within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the House of Representatives President expressed his appreciation on Chinas support, on the basis of international law, and the principles and values shared by the two countries.

On his part, the press release says, Liu spoke of the long-standing and close relations of mutual respect between Cyrpus and China, stressing that Cyprus consitutes a firm ally for his country in the international polical scene and an important friend in the Mediterranean region.

“He reiterated that China persists on the principles of the Republic of Cyprus ssovereingty and terriitorial integrity as well as the peaceful settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of relevant UN resolutions and international law,” the press release reads.

Liu further conveyed Chinas readiness to further develope the already close cooperation between the two countries, referring in particular to Chinas initiative for “One Belt – One road” and in the sectors of tourism, shipping, commerce and culture.

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. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency