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13 July, 2024
 
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Christodoulides touches base with Cypriot MEPs

Cypriot president outlines position for EU involvement in Cyprus Problem ahead of 'This is Europe' debate

Source: CNA

Cyprus President, Nikos Christodoulides, will elaborate on Tuesday morning before the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on his proposal for a more active involvement of the EU in efforts to lift the deadlock in the Cyprus problem and immediately resume negotiations for a Cyprus settlement within the agreed UN framework.

During his speech before the parliament Christodoulides also aims to highlight Cyprus' role as an EU member state that can act as a bridge with neighbouring states. In this framework he will refer to the trilateral cooperation which Cyprus and Greece have established with countries of the region, while he will also present his vision for Europe and the way towards the European integration and speak about the Southern Neighbourhood.

Christodoulides will reiterate willingness of Cyprus to utilize its status as a member state of the European Union to function as a bridge of communication and stability

Christodoulides will also refer to energy issues, the war Ukraine and migration. While speaking about European issues he will refer to the European elections of 2024 and the 2026 EU Cyprus Presidency.

After his speech the leaders of the seven political European groups at the EP will take the floor. Cypriot MEP Costas Mavrides will speak on behalf of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, as its President Iratxe Garcia Perez will not be present. After the political parties, the other five Cypriot MEPs will also make remarks, while Christodoulides will then take the floor for the second time to refer, among others, to issues related to Cyprus' domestic policy issues and reforms.

The President of Cyprus speaks on Tuesday before the plenary, at the invitation of the European Parliament's President, Roberta Metsola, in the framework of debates under the title "This is Europe" with the leaders of EU member states.

Government Spokesman, Konstantinos Letymbiotis, has said that Christodoulides will tell Europeans on Tuesday that Cyprus is the common home of all lawful residents of the country, whose rights are respected without discrimination or exceptions.

In his speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, President Christodoulides will also refer to the multiple challenges faced by the EU, he added.

He said that President Christodoulides will present his vision for "our great European family and the path towards European Integration. He will address the multiple challenges we have to collectively manage to tackle major issues such as migration, the environmental crisis, energy, and the need for a transition to a green economy. These are subjects in which the Republic of Cyprus aspires to have a role and a voice, operating as a reliable partner among the states in the region."

At the same time, President Christodoulides will reiterate the willingness of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to utilize its status as a member state of the European Union to function as a bridge of communication and stability within a framework of cooperation which will be based on an unwavering commitment to international law.

President Christodoulides will also present his proposal for a more active involvement of the EU in the effort to break the deadlock and achieve an immediate resumption of negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem within the agreed UN framework.

Moreover, President Christodoulides will convey a "clear message to the European citizens that the Republic of Cyprus is the common home of all lawful residents of the country, whose rights are respected without discrimination or exceptions", said Letymbiotis.

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Cyprus  |  Christodoulides  |  Cyprus Problem  |  EU  |  Metsola  |  MEP  |  Strasburg  |  Brussels  |  energy  |  stability

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