Turkey needs to get back on track to resume dialogue, says President Anastasiades ahead of his meeting with German Chancellor

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, said that Turkey needs to return to the path of international law and called for the intervention of the international community, ahead of his meeting with the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

“The meeting with the German Chancellor in Berlin on November 23 is a continuation of the efforts we are making, in order to create the necessary conditions to resume a dialogue regarding the Cyprus issue”, the President said on Friday, attending the Gala Dinner for the 60th anniversary of Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Certainly, in order to create the conditions, Turkey also needs to return to the right path, i.e. the path of international law, otherwise we will observe a hardening of its position not only vis-à-vis Cyprus, but also potential risks due to a revisionist policy in the Aegean, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh and beyond,” noted President Anastasiades. He added that what’s needed at the moment was “to repeat what we have been doing since Crans-Montana, the need for the international community, the European Union in particular, to realise that without intervention a small country like Cyprus cannot achieve the results that we all desire.”

The President of the Republic is leaving for Germany next Tuesday, November 22. Cyprus issue, as well as bilateral, European, economic and energy issues will be discussed in the talks that President Anastasiades will have with Chancellor Scholz on November 23.

In a written statement, the Director of the Press Office of the President of the Republic, Andreas Iosif, states that during his visit to Berlin, President Anastasiades will, among other things, hold bilateral meetings with Chancellor Scholz and the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Anastasiades and Scholz will also hold a joint press conference, notes Iosif.

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.

Source: Cyprus News Agency