Cyprus: Anastasiades tackles pandemic, France attacks and Turkish provocations during EC intervention

Cyprus: Anastasiades tackles pandemic, France attacks and Turkish provocations during EC intervention

The pandemic and its management in Cyprus, the attacks in France and the Turkish provocations were at the center of the interventions by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who attended a teleconference of the European Council on Thursday, during which the EU leaders assessed the situation as it develops in the Member States in relation to the coronavirus and the epidemiological outbreak observed.

According to a written announcement by Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios, “the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades attended yesterday, Thursday 29 October 2020, a teleconference of the European Council, during which the EU Leaders assessed the situation as it stands in Member States in relation to the coronavirus pandemic and the epidemic outbreak observed.

In light of yesterday’s announcements of partial or total lockdowns by some Member States, the discussion focused on coordination to address the pandemic, in the context of a previous European Council decision on regular exchanges of views between Leaders on the issue. There was extensive discussion on laboratory tests, mutual recognition of results and cross-border contacts, exchange of good practice, and a common approach between Member States on the issue of vaccines.

Initially expressing his disgust and regret over the recent attacks in France, President Anastasiades reiterated his message of support and solidarity with President Macron, assuring him that these heinous acts further encourage the EU to fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

The President of the Republic stressed the need to strengthen the collective effort and coordination between the Member States and the EU institutions. He then presented the epidemiological data of Cyprus and stressed the need to adopt additional measures to manage – as it appears- the second wave of coronavirus.

The President of the Republic also referred to the need for special emphasis to be placed on the rapid COVID-19 tests and their mutual recognition within the EU. As for vaccines, he underlined the urgent need for their rapid development and distribution. He also pointed out that the continuation of practical solidarity by the EU in dealing with the unbearable socio-economic consequences of the pandemic crisis is crucial.

In closing, the President of the Republic referred to the recent provocations by Turkey, in view of the European Council Meeting of 10 and 11 December, during which Turkish aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean will be once again on the agenda of the meeting of European Leaders. /ibna