General Affairs Council decisions a positive development, says the Cypriot President

General Affairs Council decisions a positive development, says the Cypriot President

How he comments the meeting with the so-called “Foreign Minister” of the Turkish Cypriot side

By Michalis Michael

President of the Republic of Cyrpus Nicos Anastasiades described the decision of the General Affairs Council of the EU as a positive development, while expressing the hope that similar results will also occur at the European Council meeting.

In his statements to journalists, while attending the inauguration of the Nicosia Municipal Theatre, and at the observation of a journalist that the decisions of the EU General Affairs Council are a victory for the Republic of Cyprus, President Anastasiades said “it is a positive development and I hope that we will have similar results at the European Council meeting.”

When asked if he is optimistic about the upcoming meeting of the European Council, the President of the Republic of Cyprus said that “I want to believe that following the decisions and conclusions of the General Affairs Council and with what we have achieved at the Meeting of the seven Mediterranean countries, there will be a positive development in terms of decisions, not though as far as Turkey’s actions are concerned, which, as you know, cannot be controlled.”

The dinner with Ozersay

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, it became known that the President of the Republic of Cyprus had a social meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Turkish Cypriot side Kudret Ozersay. Barris Burcu, spokesman for Mustafa Akinci, informed of the meeting, since, as he stated, the Turkish Cypriot leader was not informed of the Anastasiades-Ozersay meeting.

The Cypriot President, when called on to comment on information from the occupied areas about his meeting with Mr Ozersay, said that “on June 4, at the invitation of Mr. Yiannakis Mousas, my wife and I attended a dinner with Mr. Ozersay and his own wife. It was a social dinner, and therefore that is all.”

When asked whether there was an attempt at misdirection, the President said that “I do not know what is being discussed or what is happening in the occupied areas, but in any case there were no intentions of talks or any kind of discussion, apart from a general overview of the Cyprus problem, and of course nor was there any contempt towards the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Akinci. I do not think I need to get permission with whom I am going to dine with or not, especially when it is a purely social event”./ibna