President Anastasiades meets Ukrainian President

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades met on Wednesday with his Ukranian counterpart Petrdo Poroshekno in Valettta Malta on the sidelines of the EPP Congress.

According to a press release issued by the PIO, in a written statement Deputy Government Spokesman said that during the meeting the two Presidents discussed bilateral issues, the Cyprus problem as well as international and European developments.

President Poroshenko expressed his support for the positions of principle with regard to the Cyprus problem and stressed the need for the negotiations to resume as soon as possible.

On his part, President Anastasiades expressed Cyprus’ support for the positions of principle with regard to the Ukrainian issue as well as for achieving a solution within the framework of the Minsk Agreement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The talks were interrupted in mid February by the Turkish Cypriot side, which demands that a decision passed by the Cypriot Parliament relating to a 1950 referendum on union with Greece is revoked, claiming this indicates a shift in the Greek Cypriot sides goal for a federal solution. The amendment provides that there will be a very brief reference once a year to the referendum at schools.

Source: Cyprus News Agency