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Cyprus President optimistic on EU-Turkey talks

Christodoulides stresses need for Cyprus resolution to translate positive message into action


At the European Council summit in Brussels, Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides voiced contentment regarding discussions on EU-Turkey relations. He emphasized that a "positive message" was conveyed to Ankara, linking it to progress on the Cyprus issue. Christodoulides stressed that translating this message into action hinges on advancements in resolving the Cyprus problem, a sentiment echoed by leaders including the Greek Prime Minister, French President, German Chancellor, Italian Prime Minister, Dutch Prime Minister, and heads of the Council and Commission. He underscored the constructive role of Cyprus and urged Turkey to take necessary steps for tangible progress.

Regarding initiatives for EU-Turkey relations, Christodoulides highlighted efforts by the Council and Commission, along with Greece's persistent advocacy. He noted the German Chancellor's involvement in securing Turkey's acceptance of a Personal Envoy appointment and ongoing efforts to resume dialogue. Cyprus has been divided since Turkey's 1974 invasion, with UN-led peace talks yielding no resolution. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar as Personal Envoy for Cyprus, tasked with seeking common ground on the issue.

[With information from CNA]

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