Republic of Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades held a teleconference on Friday with European Council President Charles Michel where the two discussed Turkey and the upcoming Geneva conference as per news sources in the south of the island.
Republic of Cyprus government spokesperson Kyriacos Koushos gave details regarding the meeting saying that Anastasiades informed Michel of his determination to engage in constructive talks in Geneva and asked Michel to “… stress the urgent need for the Turkish side to show the same political will as our side, in order to create the necessary conditions for the resumption of substantive talks …”.
Koushos – “… he also referred to the importance of the EU presence at the Geneva conference, but also to the substantive negotiations when they resume, in order to strengthen the prospects for resolving the Cyprus issue and to reach a functioning, lasting solution …”.
According to Koushos, Anastasiades further reiterated that Turkey’s de-escalation of tensions at the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus must have duration as well as consistency, that threats by Turkey regarding the implementation of the closed area of Varosha continue just weeks before the Geneva summit.
Word From Cyprus