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China maintains a principled stance on the Cyprus issue, says the Chinese ambassador

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    The Chinese Ambassador said that both the Chinese and the Cypriot people have suffered from the division and look forward to national reunification

    China maintains a principled stance on the Cyprus issue, supporting a comprehensive settlement within the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions and a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, said the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Cyprus Liu Yantao, during a conference on the “One China, One Cyprus” principles , held on Friday at the Chinese Embassy in Nicosia.

    He added about Taiwan that if the people of Europe can firmly support the One China principle, it is likely that the Taiwan issue will not turn into a crisis and there will be no disaster in the Straits of Taiwan and around the world.

    In his opening speech, the Chinese Ambassador said that both the Chinese and Cypriot peoples have suffered from division and are looking forward to national reunification, have resolutely adhered to the principles of One China and One Cyprus, and have steadfastly supported each other's core interests and each other's major concerns.

    He added that the One China principle and the One Cyprus principle were the original ambition for the establishment of their diplomatic relations in 1971 and the foundation for the stable and lasting development of bilateral relations.

    On the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in 2021, the Presidents of the two countries had a telephone conversation and the two sides issued a joint statement on the establishment of the China-Cyprus strategic partnership, Mr. Liu continued, adding that the statement noted that ” Cyprus reaffirmed its firm commitment to the One China principle and China will, as always, support Cyprus' efforts to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity and support a comprehensive, just and sustainable solution to the Cyprus problem in the framework of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations”.

    Regarding the issue of Taiwan and in particular the principle of One China, the Chinese ambassador highlighted the historical and legal reasons that support that Taiwan has been part of China since ancient times. He added that UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 has settled the issue of the representation of all of China, including Taiwan, at the United Nations and criticized any attempt to challenge the resolution and the One China principle as “doomed to failure”.

    He also said that China has resolutely opposed “Taiwan independence” and foreign interference, and promoted the development of peaceful cross-strait relations and the cause of reunification.

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    Closing, he expressed the hope that progress will be made in the Cyprus issue and that the talks will resume soon.

    On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Ambassador Haris Moritsis thanked the Chinese government for its friendship and support to the DPRK at the bilateral level and in the Security Council and underlined that its cornerstone foreign policy of both Cyprus and China is international law.

    He also expressed the hope that the ongoing process under the guidance of the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Cyprus will bear fruit.

    He added that Cyprus supports the One China policy, as is the EU, and this was highlighted in last year's European Council conclusions, an important benchmark that reflects the understanding of the EU and its member states.

    Representatives of Cypriot political parties, trade unions and youth organizations agreed on the importance of supporting the One China and One Cyprus principles amid an unstable international environment, while they called for enhanced cooperation between the two countries to address common challenges.

    < p class="text-paragraph">Asked whether the Chinese government is worried by Western interference in Taiwan, the Chinese Ambassador said that a certain hegemonic power has long been trying to use Taiwan to contain China, and the fact that China is becoming more powerful makes the country she should be worried, as she believes that China is challenging her hegemonic status.

    “However, whether this particular country's effort will succeed depends largely on the people's aspirations for peace and respect for their sovereignty. In particular, if the people in Europe can firmly support the One China principle, then it is most likely that the Taiwan issue will not turn into a crisis and there will be no disaster in the Taiwan Strait and around the world. We really hope that Europe, and especially the EU countries, will firmly support these important principles, stand on the side of peace and on the right side of history,” he emphasized.

    Asked if China intends to seek UN mediation to resolve the Taiwan issue, the Chinese ambassador said the Taiwan issue is China's internal matter and will be settled through consultations between the peoples on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. He also said it is very important for the international community to respect the One China principle, as well as China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    Asked to comment on the latest round of contacts held by Maria Angela Quellard in Cyprus and their apparent failure to yield results, the Chinese diplomat said that sometimes it may take more than one or two attempts to achieve a goal and expressed his belief for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    When asked what more China can do to help towards the solution of the Cyprus problem, Mr. Liu said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, China has extended its strong support to Cyprus in the latter's efforts to maintain its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    He also reiterated that the 2021 China expressed its principled position on the Cyprus issue, supporting a comprehensive settlement within the framework of UN Security Council resolutions and a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. He also noted that during the Security Council's discussions on the opening of Varossia and the extension of UNFICYP's mandate, the Chinese side sided with Cyprus and satisfied the legitimate concerns of the Cypriot side.

    Source: KYPE

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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