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Anastasiades holds call with Charles Michel

The Cyprus President and the head of the European Council touched base on the upcoming EUCO summits and Cyprus Problem developments


President Nicos Anastasiades held a phone call with the European Council President Charles Michel on Thursday to touch base on the upcoming European Council meetings scheduled this month and next.

The first European Council summit is scheduled for February 25-26 via teleconference, while the second will see EU heads of state and government travel to Brussels for discussions on March 25-26.

Government spokesperson Kyriakos Koushos said Anastasiades briefed Michel on developments regarding the informal five-party summit on the Cyprus problem which the UN Secretary-General is expected to convene.

Anastasiades highlighted the need for an EU representative to be present at the informal summit, something Turkey is reluctant on.

Koushos said Anastasiades is scheduled to also hold a phone call with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Saturday at 6:30PM Cyprus time.

On Tuesday, the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell told both leaders that his visit to the island for meetings with both sides has been pushed back to March 5-6.

Though the informal summit on the Cyprus Problem has yet to be officially granted a date and location, parties involved are now pointing to the first ten days of April.

Greece and the Republic are worried over the consequences of the informal summit being scheduled after the EU Summit on March 25-26, where sanctions against Turkey were set to be discussed.

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