As part of their regular contacts, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Sunday afternoon, according to a written statement by Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios.
During their conversation, the two Presidents exchanged views on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue in relation to the expected convening of the informal “5+1” meeting, the purpose of which will be to reach an agreement on the resumption of the negotiation process.
President Anastasiades conveyed to his interlocutor his readiness to participate as soon as possible in substantive talks under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, picking up from where they were left-off at the Crans Montana Conference.
The goal of our side, President Anastasiades underlined, is always to achieve a comprehensive, sustainable and lasting solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on the UN Security Council resolutions, as well as on the principles and values of the European Union. Given that France is one of the Permanent Members of the Security Council, President Anastasiades highlighted the role that Paris can play, in particular on security issues and the implementation of the Cyprus settlement agreement.
President Macron reaffirmed France’s full support for the resumption of negotiations aimed at resolving the Cyprus issue on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and EU principles and values.
The two leaders also had the opportunity to discuss issues related to the forthcoming European Councils. Special mention was made at next month’s Summit, when the issue of Turkey is expected to be discussed again on the basis of the relevant Report to be submitted by the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, through which Turkey is expected to show a tangible and sincere will for the improvement of its relations with the European Union and with all the Member States, through concrete actions that will last.
President Macron reiterated Paris’ commitment to the strategically important Cyprus-France relationship which aims to jointly address challenges in the Mediterranean basin, as the two countries share the same vision for peace and stability in the wider region.
He also referred to the excellent and close cooperation between the two countries on a wide range of issues, including those that are on the European agenda and which the Heads of State and Government of the “27” will be called upon to address./ibna