Trilateral summit “historic”, President says, more announcements expected concerning European powers

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that a trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Israel which took place with the participation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was historic and replying to questions has expressed the conviction that soon more announcements will be made which will have to do with European powers.

Anastasiades was replying to journalists questions after the summit, which took place in Jerusalem.

He noted, that it was truly a historic meeting, adding that apart from energy matters it also covered issues of the region in general on peace and security and the respect of the sovereignty of regional states.

President Anastasiades also said that during the bilateral meetings he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pompeo they also discussed ways to further enhance bilateral relations.

Referring to the meeting he had with US Secretary of State he said they also discussed a series of matters of potential cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the US.

Asked whether the United States share Nicosia’s vision for a solution of the Cyprus problem President Anastasiades noted that Pompeo is knowledgeable about the Cyprus problem and that he used to be a close partner of UN envoy Jane Holl Lute.

Therefore, he added, I had the opportunity to point out the difficulties which arise as a result of the demands made by Turkey or the Turkish Cypriot leadership.

Asked about the messages conveyed about Nicosia’s energy plans he said that the joint statement speaks of itself.

Energy security is important not just for the region but also as an alternative source for the EU, he added.

Replying to a question on whether more steps should be expected by other big countries, President Anastasiades said that this is the foreign policy we have been following until today and I am certain that we will soon have certain announcements which also concern great European powers.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency