Lithuania supports the reunification of Cyprus

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskait? has expressed her countrys support to the reunification of Cyprus on the basis of United Nations resolutions.

She was speaking to Cyprus new ambassador to Lithuania, based in Warsaw, Petros Kestoras, who presented her with his credentials during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on March 29, a Press & Information Office (PIO) press release issued here today says.

“Following the ceremony, during their tA�te-A�-tA�te meeting, the Lithuanian President underlined the friendly ties between the two countries, expressing Lithuanias wish to further enhance and deepen them,” the press release adds.

It continues that “at the same time, she stressed Lithuanias support for the reunification of Cyprus, on the basis of United Nations resolutions.”

On his part Kestoras briefed Grybauskait? on the Cyprus problem “underlining Cyprus readiness and determination for the resumption of the peace process for a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem as soon as possible.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades has described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House is set to vote on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April.

The leaders took part in a UN hosted dinner on Sunday evening after which the United Nations in Cyprus issued a press release stating the UN “will continue the interaction with them to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the talks.”

Source: Cyprus News Agency