President Juncker and Special Envoy Eide have a short meeting on Cyprus’ settlement talks

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had today a short meeting with the Special Envoy of the Secretary General on the Cyprus settlement talks Espen Barth Eide, in the Commission headquarters in Brussels. No press event or statements were made after the meeting.

Commission Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas told the Press that the President meets with the Special Envoy of the Secretary General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide to have a general, global discussion on the state of play of Cyprus settlement talks.

According to diplomatic sources, Juncker and Eide made a brief review of the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and the Special Envoy briefed Juncker on the Turkish request for the “4 freedoms”. The meeting came at a time when the climate is very bad for Turkey, the same sources note.

They explain that even the Member States with traditionally friendly attitude towards Ankara reject any debate about Turkeys request on the 4 freedoms. The same diplomatic sources said that “the only thing that could be granted is what would anyway be provided under the revision of the Customs Union, if and when Turkey normalize its relations with the Republic of Cyprus, implement the additional protocol and open ports and airports to Cypriot ships and planes. On the freedom of establishment and free travel of persons, according to the same sources “we can not even speak.”

Source: Cyprus News Agency