EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell reminded that the UN process for the settlement of the Cyprus issue will not start from scratch and encouraged the two Cypriot leaders to seize the opportunity of the informal 5 + 1 meeting in Geneva next month. to come to the talks prepared for a compromise, he said during a visit to Nicosia on Friday, where he met to discuss the resumption of talks on resolving the Cyprus issue and to offer EU support in the process. .
In particular, the High Representative recalled that “there is a framework, including UN Security Council resolutions, with convergences on which we must build, with the support of the UN, the Guarantee Powers and the European Union.”
“It will not be an easy process, but it can be done, for the benefit of all Cypriots, for Europe and for regional stability,” he warned.
According to a written statement from the European External Action Service, in his meetings with President Nikos Anastasiadis and Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis, the High Representative discussed the latest developments and prospects for progress in resuming negotiations.
Afterwards, Josep Borrell met with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar to discuss the Cyprus issue and related EU measures to promote the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community and the rapprochement of the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriot community.
“I met with the two Cypriot leaders and left the talks believing that while the road ahead will not be easy, solutions can be found,” the High Representative clarified.
“I encouraged them to seize the opportunity of the informal 5 + 1 meeting in Geneva next month and to come to the talks prepared to compromise,” he said.
“The European Union fully supports the resumption of the UN-sponsored settlement process in Cyprus as soon as possible,” the High Representative said after his talks.
During his visit to Cyprus, High Representative Borrell also met with UN Secretary-General's Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar and Colonel Neil Wright, UNFICYP's United Nations Assistance Mission in Cyprus.
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