Luxembourg PM hopes to hear good news from President Anastasiades on Cyprus at the next EU Summit

Luxembourg Premier Xavier Bettel has expressed hope that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will have “good news” to tell his EU partners at the next European Council with regard to the peace talks, currently underway to solve the Cyprus issue.

“President Nicos Anastasiades regularly informs us about the Cyprus issue, at least every 2nd or 3rd EU Summit, and I hope he can tell us next time that theres been positive progress,” Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told the CNA during a briefing organized by the European Investment Bank.

More specifically, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, responding to a question by the CNA on the European Council discussion on the Cyprus issue and on his personal position on the issue of security and guarantees, said “it is extremely important that President Anastasiades keeps us informed as he does.”

He noted that “the Summit decided that the solution of the Cyprus issue is a prerequisite for the progress of any other EU-Turkey discussion”.

He also explained that “it is known that some issues have been discussed in the 1960s, but I hope that there can be now a solution.”

“There is hope from the conference that will be held in the next few days, I do not sit alone at the table, of course,” says Xavier Bettel. “President Anastasiadis has strong leadership in this issue,” he added.

“The last year we had good news, but you know what happened afterwards,” he said. “I hope he will come to the next Council and tell us that there is progress.”

A conference on Cyprus reconvenes tomorrow, under UN auspices, to discuss the thorny issue of security and guarantees, with the participation of President Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader and the Foreign Ministers of the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK. The conference will also address other aspects of the Cyprus question.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Peace talks aim to reunite the country under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency