Cyprus: Anastasiades sends letters to the UNSG, EU and Security Council on Cyprus issue

Cyprus: Anastasiades sends letters to the UNSG, EU and Security Council on Cyprus issue

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has sent letters to the UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council`s Permanent and Non Permanent members, the EU institutions as well as the EU heads of state and government briefing them on the developments of the Cyprus issue.

In statements to the media on Thursday, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said that in his separate letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the President expresses readiness to attend a joint meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader at a convenient time for the UN SG. This joint meeting, he says, should, if possible, take place before the European Council meeting, during which the EU – Turkey relations will be on the agenda.

Kousios also said that in his letter to the UN SC Permanent and Non Permanent members, the heads of the EU institutions and the EU heads of state and government, he briefs them on the informal meeting on Cyprus that took place in Geneva in late April. In his letters, he includes his intervention at the informal meeting as well as the written demands on behalf of  Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side.

In his letters, the President of the Republic stresses that the Turkish positions are unacceptable, and unfortunately, do not contribute to the creation of common ground for the resumption of the Cyprus talks. He reiterates his political will and determination to participate in a new informal conference that will be compatible with the UN decisions and resolutions and the terms of the good offices mandate of the UNSG.

Kousios added that in the letters, the President of the Republic reiterates his proposals for specific essential confidence-building measures that could be a key factor in changing the existing climate. The President also notes that by avoiding new provocative actions by Turkey either at sea or at land (and more specifically in the enclosed city of Famagusta), a positive climate could be created for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations. Based on the agreed parameters, the High Level Agreements, the convergences reached between the leaders of the two communities, as well as the UN decisions and resolutions, without ignoring the fact that Cyprus is and will remain a member state of the EU.

The Spokesman said that in his letter to the European institutions and the leaders of the EU member states, the President of the Republic makes clear that any insistence of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership in a two-state solution, as well as the creation of new faits accomplis or provocations, do not contribute at all to a positive approach on behalf of Cyprus as regards the upgrading of the EU -Turkey relations./ibna