Spokesman says President in contact with SG Envoy, developments expected soon

President Nicos Anastasiades is in contact with UNSG Special Envoy Jane Hall Lute and we are expecting that soon there will be some developments, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said, according to an announcement issued by the Presidency of the Republic. He added that what is expected are specific steps as regards the terms of reference that will lead to a new round of talks.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, the Spokesman said that the local elections taking place in Turkey today, relate with its procrastination as regards the resumption of the Cyprus talks, but they also affect the situation within the country as well.

He said we should wait for the results but what is of most importance is for Turkey to respond positively to UNSG’s initiative for the resumption of the talks. Prodromou added that the discussions of issues related to security depend very much on Ankara’s position.

Replying to a question on Cyprus defense cooperation with France, the Spokesman said that Cyprus and France have a close cooperation for years and share common things. Prodromou said that the cooperation with France is permanent and in multiple levels and it is being further enhanced. He added that both countries are partners and allies through the EU defense policy and through PESCO’s projects.

According to Prodromou, the two countries currently have a common planning and referred to statements made by French President while on a visit to the island that Cyprus provides services to France and other countries in the framework of the security planning in the Eastern Mediterranean.

He said that French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle docked at the Limassol port along with ships from Britain, Denmark and other countries and added that we promote the bilateral relationship with France in the areas of cooperation and security and when we have specific results, these will be announced.

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

Talks under the UN auspices aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof. The latest round of talks ended inconclusively in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Spokesman says President in contact with SG Envoy, developments expected soon

President Nicos Anastasiades is in contact with UNSG Special Envoy Jane Hall Lute and we are expecting that soon there will be some developments, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said, according to an announcement issued by the Presidency of the Republic. He added that what is expected are specific steps as regards the terms of reference that will lead to a new round of talks.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, the Spokesman said that the local elections taking place in Turkey today, relate with its procrastination as regards the resumption of the Cyprus talks, but they also affect the situation within the country as well.

He said we should wait for the results but what is of most importance is for Turkey to respond positively to UNSG’s initiative for the resumption of the talks. Prodromou added that the discussions of issues related to security depend very much on Ankara’s position.

Replying to a question on Cyprus defense cooperation with France, the Spokesman said that Cyprus and France have a close cooperation for years and share common things. Prodromou said that the cooperation with France is permanent and in multiple levels and it is being further enhanced. He added that both countries are partners and allies through the EU defense policy and through PESCO’s projects.

According to Prodromou, the two countries currently have a common planning and referred to statements made by French President while on a visit to the island that Cyprus provides services to France and other countries in the framework of the security planning in the Eastern Mediterranean.

He said that French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle docked at the Limassol port along with ships from Britain, Denmark and other countries and added that we promote the bilateral relationship with France in the areas of cooperation and security and when we have specific results, these will be announced.

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

Talks under the UN auspices aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof. The latest round of talks ended inconclusively in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana.

Source: Cyprus News Agency