Presidential Commissioner discusses Cyprus problem and Turkish provocations in the Republic’s EEZ with US official

The situation in the Cyprus problem and Turkeys provocative actions in the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone were discussed during a meeting on Wednesday which Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou had with US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian AffairsJonathan Cohen.

The meeting took place in the framework of contacts which Photiou holds in Washington, on the sidelines of the 34th PSEKA Conference. The Presidential Commissioner also met with members of the US Congress as the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce and US Representative John Sarbanes.

According to a diplomatic source, Photiou and Cohen discussed the situation as regards the Cyprus problem, where there is a stalemate in efforts for a settlement and the latest provocative actions of Turkey in the Cypriot EEZ.

Photiou expressed the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side for the resumption of the negotiations from the point they stopped, in July 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana, and within the Guterres framework, on the condition that the Turkish intransigence and Ankaras provocative actions will be lifted. He noted that Cyprus remains a stable and reliable partner of the US in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The two sides also discussed about the humanitarian issue of missing persons in Cyprus. Photiou noted Turkeys refusal to provide information and give access to the Turkish army archives, and asked for the US to continue cooperating on this humanitarian aspect of the Cyprus problem and exert pressure on Turkey.

Cohen assured that he will make every possible effort with a view to solving this humanitarian problem as well as other issues, within his competencies.

Photiou informed him about the problems of the enclaved people living in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas, as well as the destruction of the cultural heritage and churches in the occupied areas.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency