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President Christodoulides set for key talks with UN envoy

European leaders rally behind Cyprus President's diplomatic endeavors


President Christodoulides announced on his arrival at the European Council's emergency summit that he will have another meeting with the UN Secretary-General's personal envoy, Maria Angela Olguin Cuellar, on Friday afternoon.

The summit's primary focus is the effort to revise the Multiannual Financial Framework and to approve additional support for Ukraine despite Hungary's objections.

President Christodoulides also mentioned that he was informed of Ms. Olguin's meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday.

Reflecting on his meeting with Ms. Olguin, President Christodoulides described it as "a very good meeting" and reiterated his appreciation for her appointment.

"I must once again publicly welcome Ms. Olguin's appointment. She brings vast experience from the situation in Colombia. While the circumstances in Cyprus are different, she has significant expertise that can assist us," he stated.

The President further noted that during discussions with other European leaders on Wednesday evening, Ms. Olguin is "known at the European level for her work, role, and capabilities."

"I would like to inform you that I will have another meeting with Ms. Olguin tomorrow. We spoke late last night, and we will meet tomorrow afternoon in Nicosia as a continuation of our discussions," he added.

"Furthermore, I had the opportunity to speak with the Greek Prime Minister, and I want to acknowledge the fact that the Greek Prime Minister will meet with Ms. Olguin in Athens on Tuesday," he continued.

"A meeting at the highest possible level, and I hope that Turkey will respond in kind, meaning a meeting with Mr. Erdogan himself," he emphasized.

President Christodoulides reiterated his commitment to do "whatever is possible to create the conditions for the resumption of talks from where they left off in Crans Montana."

"There is significant acquired negotiating experience that we should utilize, and starting from there, we should aim for a solution to the Cyprus issue, always based on the agreed framework," he concluded.

[With information sourced from CNA]

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