The Cyprus issue and the bilateral relations between Cyprus and China were discussed during a meeting held at noon at Larnaca airport by Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, who made a stop in Cyprus en route to Africa.
In statements after the meeting, Mr. Christodoulidis said that among the topics discussed were the Cyprus-China relations, since as he explained “50 years of bilateral relations with this country are completed and” in this context an exchange of views was held on the events with which will essentially celebrate the diplomatic relations between the two countries “.
He added that the Chinese Foreign Minister had invited him to visit the country, which, as Mr. Christodoulidis said, he accepted.
According to the Foreign Minister, the Cyprus issue was also discussed. “China as a permanent member of the Security Council, especially in the current situation, with the challenges of Turkey either in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus or in the enclosed area of Famagusta and at a time when the effort of the UN Secretary General is underway. “For the resumption of talks (on the Cyprus issue), the role of the Security Council is crucial,” he said.
In this context, Mr. Christodoulidis continued, “an exchange of views took place, in particular in view of the discussion that will take place in the Security Council for the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force, but also the necessary messages that must be sent among other things, in relation to the goal pursued, which cannot go beyond the agreed framework solution of the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation “.
He also said that with his Chinese counterpart “there was a discussion about the European Union's relations with China”. He said, “Despite some different approaches, some different readings on a range of international issues, it is important that there is a will on both sides to further strengthen relations between the European Union and China.”