Cyprus: Anastasiades briefs political leaders

Cyprus: Anastasiades briefs political leaders

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades provided a detailed briefing on the latest developments to the political leaders today, as Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios announced.

Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace after the meeting of the Council of the political parties Leaders, Mr. Kousios said that “the Council of Leaders convened today. The session was held amidst an excellent atmosphere.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus briefed the political leaders in detail on various issues. He specifically informed them about the meeting he had with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus, Ms. Elizabeth Spehar. The meeting took place in the context of the regular contacts the President of the Republic has with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus, before the Security Council meeting and the resolution for the renewal of the term of UNFICYP.

He also informed about the meeting he had in Athens with Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and provided detailed information on the issues discussed.

He also briefed on the meeting he had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As is well known, Germany currently holds the EU Presidency in this semester.

The President of the Republic informed about the meeting of the European Council and the results it bore. He referred to details of the negotiations that took place and the results of the approval of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery Fund.

As is well known, Cyprus will be able to receive an amount of about 2.7 billion from European funds, while at the same time it has the possibility of borrowing roughly 1.5 billion.

The President of the Republic referred to the Intervention made in the agenda of the European Council, an intervention repeated by Prime Minister Mitsotakis, with reference to the Turkish expansionist policy, the illegal intervention of Turkey in the EEZ of Cyprus, the threats against Greece and its sovereign rights and, more generally, Turkey’s unlawfulness in the Eastern Mediterranean and its intervention in third countries. Mention was also made by the two leaders of the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

The President of the Republic went on to inform the political leadership of the results of his visit to Paris and the discussions held with the President of France Emmanuel Macron.

The President of the Republic answered clarifying questions posed by the political leaders and made an overall assessment of the situation, based on the current data”.

To a relevant question, Mr. Kousios said that “the political leaders have been fully informed by the President of the Republic regsarding what has been discussed with President Macron”.

In another question, he stressed that “the policy of the President of the Republic regarding the settlement of the Cyprus issue, which constitutes our main goal, has been clearly stated and is constantly repeated that it should be done through negotiations, as we do not want the militarization of Cyprus in any way”. /ibna