Greece and Cyprus discuss EU-Turkish relations

Greece and Cyprus discuss EU-Turkish relations


By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia

Bilateral relations, EU-Turkish relations as well as other international and regional issues will be discussed in a meeting between the Secretary General of the Greek Foreign Ministry Anastasios Mitsialis and Foreign Ministry`s Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon. Mitsialis will pay a working visit to Cyprus on June 30, at the invitation of Zenon.

According to an official press release, the visit will take place in the framework of the regular bilateral political consultations between Cyprus and Greece, two countries bound with strong fraternal ties. The bilateral political consultations will take place at the Foreign Ministry.

The Cypriot and Greek officials will review the two countries` bilateral relations and will discuss issues of mutual interest, as the EU-Turkish relations and the negotiating process for the Cyprus problem. The country has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. The situation is known as the “Cyprus Problem”. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu reached on February 11 an agreement, which led to the resumption of peace talks to reunite the country under a federal roof.

The two officials will also discuss international and regional issues, as the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine, developments in the Western Balkans and institutional EU issues.

Mitsialis will also be received by the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and will meet with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides
Deputy Defence Minister of Slovakia
Meantime, another official is currently at the island. Deputy Defence Minister of Slovakia Miloš Koterec has expressed, during a meeting with Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides, the belief that the Cyprus problem will soon be solved on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions and the international law, something that will offer new major opportunities for further growth in Cyprus.

Koterec, who visited the island on the occasion of the events taking place for the 50 years of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) presence on the island.

According to an official press release, the two ministers exchanged views on issues related to the competencies of the two countries` Defence Ministries and commended the high-level relations between Cyprus and Slovakia in all sectors.
Fokaides informed Koterec on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the new prospects after the discovery of natural gas reserves in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The Cypriot minister referred to the important, as he described it, role which the Slovak diplomacy has played in Cyprus during the last 25 years, by facilitating the bi-communal dialogue between the political parties of the two communities of the island, and expressed the gratitude of the government of Cyprus and the Cypriot people for the participation of a Slovak military contingent in UNFICYP.

Moreover the two ministers reviewed the development of military capabilities, both on the institutional level within the EU and on the bilateral level, with a view to address various contemporary and disproportionate threats, and underlined the need for the EU to promote conditions of security and stability in its region.