Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus

Written Statement by the Government Spokesman, Mr Kyriacos I. Koushos

Within the framework of their regular contacts, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, had a telephone conversation, on Sunday, 21st February 2021, with his French counterpart, Mr Emmanuel Macron.

During their conversation, the two Presidents exchanged views regarding the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, in relation to the upcoming 5+1 informal meeting which aims to reach an agreement on relaunching the negotiation process.

President Anastasiades conveyed to his interlocutor his readiness to participate in substantive negotiations, as soon as possible, under the auspices of the Secretary General of the UN, from the point they were suspended at the Crans Montana Conference.

The goal of our side, the President of the Republic stressed, remains the achievement of a comprehensive, sustainable and lasting solution of bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, based on the UN Security Council resolutions as well as the values and principles of the European Union.

Given the fact that France is one of the Permanent Members of the Security Council, President Anastasiades highlighted the role Paris can play, particularly on security issues and on the implementation of the agreement for the solution of the Cyprus issue.

President Macron assured that France fully supports the resumption of the negotiations aimed at resolving the Cyprus issue, on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the values and principles of the EU.

Both leaders also had the opportunity to discuss issues relating to the upcoming European Councils. Special mention was made to next month’s upcoming Summit, when Turkey’s issue is expected to be discussed again, based on the relevant Report that the High Representative of the EU, Mr Borrell is expected to submit, upon which Turkey is expected to demonstrate practical and sincere will to improve its relationships with the European Union and with all Member States, through specific actions that will last.

President Macron reiterated Paris' dedication to the strategically important relationship between Cyprus and France, which aims to jointly address the challenges in the Mediterranean basin, as the two countries share the same vision for peace and stability in the wider region.

He also referred to the excellent and close cooperation between the two countries on a wide range of issues, including those on the European agenda that will soon be dealt with by the Heads of States and Governments of the «27».