Nicosia asks for Poland’s support with regard to UNFICYP

Nicosia asked for Poland’s support in the effort to secure the presence of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), for as long as Turkey continues to occupy the northern part of the island.

According to a Foreign Ministry announcement, the issue was discussed during political consultations held in Nicosia between the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael and Polands Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek.

The two officials also expressed their joint commitment in strengthening and deepening bilateral relations further.

They also discussed European and regional issues of common interest, including EU-Turkey relations, energy issues in the EU, the energy planning of the Republic of Cyprus and issues concerning the security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Ambassador Hadjimichael also briefed his interlocutor about the latest efforts for the resumption of settlement talks in Cyprus. He referred to the importance Cyprus ascribes to the role of Poland, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and asked for the country’s support in the effort to secure the presence of the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus as long as the Turkish occupation continues.

Polands Deputy Foreign Minister also met earlier with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, the announcement concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency