President Anastasiades holds telephone conversation with Greek PM, latter pledges readiness for viable Cyprus solution

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, informed him about the results of Monday’s trilateral meeting in Berlin and the next steps that will be taken regarding the Cyprus issue.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced after the informal meeting he held in Berlin on Monday with President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that he is committed to explore with President Anastasiades and Akinci, as well as the guarantor powers the possibility to convene an informal five party meeting on Cyprus at an appropriate stage.

In the telephone conversation, Mitsotakis expressed Greece’s readiness to contribute to a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem.

In a Twitter post, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said President Anastasiades, in a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, informed the latter on the meeting with UNSG Antonio Guterres and the next steps to be taken.

The Prime Minister is completely in accord and expressed satisfaction over the SG’s statement in Berlin, said Prodromou in a written statement that followed. At the same time, he assured of Greece’s readiness to cooperate to find a viable and functional comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem and the close cooperation and coordination with the President of the Republic.

The Prime Minister expressed full agreement and satisfaction with the SG’s statement and Greece’s readiness to contribute to a viable and functional solution.

In the statement issued on Monday, Guterres also noted that the leaders of Cyprus affirmed their commitment to the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, the prior convergences, and the six-point framework he presented on 30 June 2017 with a view to achieve a strategic agreement paving the way forward for a comprehensive settlement.

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