Italy pledges to continue supporting the dialogue for a Cyprus solution

Italy’s President, Sergio Mattarella, in a congratulatory message to re-elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, pledges his country’s determination to continue supporting the dialogue for a Cyprus settlement.

Congratulating Anastasiades, Matarella notes that Italy and Cyprus are jointly following a Mediterranean policy that centres on peace, security, stability and promoting social and economic development of countries that border with the common sea.

This commitment, he adds, is dynamically depicted through the meeting of the Mediterranean countries of Europe that was held in Rome a few weeks ago and complements the effort Nicosia and Rome are asked to develop with other EU partners, for the clear implementation of the principles of the Rome Declaration.

Mattarella assures that Italy will continue to support the reasons for holding a dialogue as the necessary tool to solve the Cyprus problem.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. UNFICYP arrived on the island in March 1964, one of the longest serving UN peace-keeping forces, and continues its presence here. The latest round of UN-backed negotiations aiming to reunite Cyprus under a federal roof, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively in July 2017.

Source: Cyprus News Agency