London calls for “flexibility” on Cyprus ahead of Kasoulides visit

The UK Government has repeated its call for all sides involved in the Cyprus settlement talks to show flexibility, on the eve of a meeting between Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan in London.

Responding to a Cyprus News Agency question on whether the UK considers the Turkish demand for the four EU fundamental freedoms to be applied in the cases of Turkish nationals in Cyprus as something that could be on the negotiations table despite the Greek Cypriot refusal, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said:

“To secure a sustainable settlement, the two leaders need to address a number of complex issues. They have shown courage and commitment to get this far, and have made remarkable progress”.

She added that “we continue to encourage all sides to approach these talks in a positive and flexible manner, with the focus on solutions which protect the rights and security of both communities in a future unified Cyprus.”

Kasoulides will be received by Sir Alan at the Foreign Office on Thursday afternoon to discuss the Cyprus settlement talks and Brexit.

On Thursday morning, under his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Kasoulides will speak at an event in the British parliament titled ‘Strengthening international capacities for the protection of cultural property and for preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural goods’ hosted by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Crispin Blunt MP.

The Cypriot Foreign Minister will also chair the 50th regular meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.

Source: Cyprus News Agency