President Anastasiades holds talks with his Serbian counterpart and other officials in Belgrade

The intention expressed by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to send a special envoy to Cyprus for contacts with all parties involved is an opportunity to clarify the intentions of both sides and to achieve positive results, allowing for the immediate resumption of Cyprus talks, said the President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades.

The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic wished from his part to find a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem and underlined the principled stance of Belgrade on this matter.

President Anastasiades is paying an official two-day visit to the Serbian capital and met today with his counterpart, discussing the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations and Serbia’s European prospects.

In statements to the press, President Anastasiades thanked his counterpart for his country’s support to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus. According to an announcement by the Presidency of the Republic, he also informed Vucic over Turkey’s recent provocations in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and the latest developments over efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement. President Anastasiades also expressed Nicosia’s readiness to continue with negotiations from the point they were left off at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, last summer.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks commenced at Crans-Montana on June 28, 2017, but in the early hours of July 7, it was announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will hold on Thursday talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic and other state officials in Belgrade, where he is paying an official visit.

According to a press release issued by the Presidency, Anastasiades will be officially welcomed at the Presidential Palace by the President of Serbia. The two Presidents will then have a private meeting, to be followed by expanded talks between the delegations of the two countries.

In the framework of the meeting a special ceremony will take place, during which the two Presidents will present each other with the highest honorary distinction of their respective countries. Later on the two Presidents will make remarks to the media.

President Anastasiades will then visit the National Assembly of Serbia where he will meet with the Speaker of the National Assembly Maja Gojkovic. The President will then attend a working lunch hosted in his honor by the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic.

In the afternoon, the President of the Republic will meet with the Patriarch of Serbia, Irinej, who will present the President with the highest honorary distinction of the Patriarchate.

Source: Cyprus News Agency