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Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Foreign Ministers support solution of bi-zonal bi-communal federation

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Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Foreign Ministers support solution of bi-zonal bi-communal federation

The need for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the bi-zonal bi-communal federation and their support for the efforts of the UN Secretary General for the resumption of an effective negotiation process are underlined in a joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus. a tripartite meeting held yesterday, on the sidelines of the “Friendship Forum”.

“Regarding the Cyprus issue, we expressed our support for the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, aimed at the resumption of a results-oriented negotiation process, under his auspices, which will lead to a comprehensive solution based on the bi-zonal bi-communal federation. “, compatible with international law and the relevant decisions of the United Nations Security Council, as well as with the European acquis”, states the joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Egypt, Cyprus.

During their meeting, the three Ministers reaffirmed their common will to further deepen the tripartite cooperation, expressing the belief that the positive agenda on which it is based can contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The Foreign Ministers also welcomed the preparations for the establishment of a Permanent Secretariat of Tripartite Mechanisms in Nicosia, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021, as well as the signing of the statutes of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF).

“We reiterate our strong commitment to international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Charter of the United Nations and its values as the foundation of peace, security, good neighborly relations and peace. “of differences for all countries in the region,” the joint statement said.

The three foreign ministers also stressed “the need to respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of each state over its maritime zones under international law” and condemned “any activity that violates international law”.

In addition, the declaration focuses on the need to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution, which will ensure peace and stability in the region, as well as the existence of an independent and viable Palestinian state, based on the borders of June 4, 1967.

The three Ministers also welcome the agreement reached by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) on a transitional single executive power for Libya as an intermediate step towards holding elections in December 2021. In this regard, the statement expresses its support for for a political response to the crisis which will come from Libya itself and characterize as unacceptable any foreign intervention. We consider […] any agreement that emerged in violation of international law as invalid and empty of content and we call on the new Libyan government to consider the Memoranda of Understanding signed by Turkey and Fayez al-Saraj in November 2019 as such, the statement.

Finally, the three Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, expressing their support for a viable political solution to the crisis.

Source: politis.com.cy

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