Nicosia hopes dispatch of UNSG Envoy will lead to resumption of peace talks

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides has expressed hope that the dispatch of a new UN Secretary General Envoy will take place the soonest without any prerequisites or conditions and that the results of this visit will lead to the resumption of the peace talks for the reunification of the island.

FM on Monday had consultations in Nicosia with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias followed by statements to the press and a working lunch.

Talks covered also situation in Turkey ahead of the elections in the country, the EU-Turkey relations , regional and international issues as well as the joint actions taken by the two countries with various trilateral partnerships and agreements. The talks will continue on Tuesday during a meeting President Nicos Anastasiades will have with Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras, in the framework of a new trilateral meeting between Cyprus-Greece-Israel.

FM described as a very positive development the dispatch of a UN Envoy who will visit all parties involved and will explore the prospect of resuming the negotiating process on the Cyprus problem,, on the basis of the UN Resolutions, the EU principles and the Guterres Framework as it was drafted during the Crans Montana talks last summer.

He pointed out that UNSGs decision for a new Envoy follows actions taken by the Greek Cypriot side as well, adding that we hope for the visit to produce results that will allow for the talks to resume.

Asked to comment on statements made by the Turkish Cypriot side on the Guterres Framework, Foreign Minister underlined that there is only one Framework , which is clear and it was drafted at Crans Montana. Christodoulides said that he does not wish to comment on these public statements adding that the dispatch of the UN Envoy gives a very good opportunity for all parties to express their opinions on the Framework.

The Greek Foreign Minister was also asked by the press to comment on these statements and he also pointed out that the Framework is pretty clear.

Christodoulides in his initial statement said that they also discussed the EU-Turkey relations pointing out that Turkey, with its actions, is moving away from the EU goal. He said that we hope that the statement made yesterday by the Turkish President on the countrys EU course will be realised and that Turkey will fulfil its obligations towards the EU and Cyprus, as a member state.

The two Ministers also discussed the trilateral partnerships Cyprus and Greece have with neighbouring countries and decided to further develop and enhance these agreements in areas such as foreign policy, security and defence. They also discussed the regional developments and how both Greece and Cyprus, two democratic and stable countries could play the role of the stability pillar in our volatile area, torn by wars.

Kotzias said that today they explored the future , bold steps to be taken by the two countries adding that Cyprus has put forward a very interesting proposal on how to enhance and develop the partnerships in the region. He also added that they discussed how Cyprus would be included in the partnerships Greece has developed in the Balkans.

Greek FM also said that they discussed energy issues, adding that Greece and Cyprus have been upgraded because of the progress Nicosia has made in this sector.

As regard EU-Turkey relations, Kotzias said that Greece wishes for Turkey to become an EU member because this will lead to Turkey terminating its presence as an occupying force in Cyprus, an EU member state. He also said that Turkey in the EU means that it will abolish its intervention rights and rights of a guarantor. He pointed out that Greece will then have normal relations with Turkey and normal borders.

Invited to comment on Turkeys action to put forward maps with its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, ignoring areas belonging to Greece and Cyprus, both FMs pointed out that both countries actions are based on the international law and the Law of the Sea.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency