Spanish Prime Minister condemns Turkish illegal actions, Government Spokesman says

The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, condemns, in a letter he has sent to the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish illegal actions, the Government Spokesman, Marios Pelekanos, said on Thursday in a written statement.

Pelekanos noted that the Prime Minister of Spain, in his reply letter to President Anastasiades, reiterates the condemnation by the Spanish government of any unilateral actions “that endanger stability in the region, including the ongoing illegal actions by Turkey in the fenced-off area of Varosha”.

The Spokesman added that Prime Minister Sanchez expresses hope for the resumption of the negotiation process to resolve the Cyprus issue as soon as possible. Furthermore, he reaffirms Spain’s support to the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, both with regard to the status of Varosha and the intended solution of the Cyprus problem, which should be fully compatible with International Law.

“Finally, Sanchez underlines the need to maintain security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, emphasising at the same time that Spain is not going to accept the continuation of the deadlock observed for decades in the Cyprus issue,” Pelekanos concluded.

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.

Cyprus News Agency