Hungary expresses support to efforts for a Cyprus settlement based on UN resolutions

Laszlo Varga, head of a three member delegation of the Cyprus – Hungary Friendship Group at the National Assembly of Hungary, on an official visit to Cyprus, expressed on Wednesday Hungarys support to efforts for a Cyprus settlement, on the basis of the UN relevant resolutions, and wished for a positive outcome soon to the UN-led negotiations.

The three member delegation had a meeting with House President Demetris Syllouris who briefed the Hungarian MPs on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, expressing disappointment for the course of the direct negotiations, despite the sincere and continuous efforts of the Greek Cypriot side.

He also noted the intransigence and provocative stance of Turkey, which promotes its own agenda, violating international law, including the Law of the Sea Convention, relating to the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

According to a House press release, during the meeting Syllouris and Varga commended the relations between the two countries and their parliaments, and underlined that these relations are based on positions of principle. They also expressed the desire to further enhance them by intensifying their parliamentary contacts. In this framework Varga conveyed an invitation on behalf of the Speaker of the Hungarian parliament to Syllouris to pay an official visit to Hungary.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues concerning the EU, such as the process of Breixt and its possible repercussions, as well as the more general concerns on the future of Europe, being discussed by the EU institutions, EU member states, the European Parliament and the national parliaments.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are underway since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.