Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed the support of the Greek government and the Greek people, in the effort to resume the dialogue on the Cyprus issue in view of the informal conference on Cyprus, in the context of a special teleconference of the parliaments of the Mediterranean member states.
As the Head of the Cyprus delegation to the conference, AKEL MP Aristos Damianou, stated in the Parliament, in the context of the conference of the EU parliaments on Common Foreign and Security and Defense Policy, a special session of the parliaments of the Member States was held. of the so-called “Group Med”.
Mr. Damianou said that they had the opportunity to talk with the Greek Foreign Minister, who expressed the support of the Greek government and the Greek people, in the effort to resume the dialogue on the Cyprus issue in view of the informal conference on Cyprus.
At the same time, he said, they briefed the heads of delegations on developments in the Cyprus issue and asked for their support so that the EU's role in the forthcoming conference would be to ensure that the framework for resolving the Cyprus problem is compatible with principles and values. on which the EU is based.
At the same time, said Mr. Damianou, they discussed other important issues concerning the region such as the need for proper and fair management of migration to be compatible with international law, issues of terrorism and issues of inequality in relation to the development of the north and south. of the EU.
He added that tomorrow, Thursday, the session with the Plenary Session of the Parliaments will continue in the presence of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.
Moreover, according to an announcement by the Parliament, Mr. Damianou, Head of the Cypriot Delegation to the Interparliamentary Conference on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), stressed the importance of the EU in the negotiation process on the Cyprus issue, in order to ensure that the solution sought is in line with international law and European principles and values. Mr. Damianos spoke at the online meeting of the heads of delegations of the “GroupMed” countries, which took place on the sidelines of the Conference.
According to the Parliament, the meeting was attended by the heads and members of the delegations of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
During the online meeting, Mr. Damianou informed the participants about the current developments in the Cyprus problem in view of the forthcoming informal Conference on the Cyprus issue. Mr. Damianou also expressed solidarity with Greece in the light of the growing Turkish provocations and illegal claims in the Aegean, emphasizing that this issue must be resolved in accordance with international law and European principles and values.
Mr. Damianou also noted that Cyprus seeks to play its full role as a bridge of dialogue and cooperation between the EU and the wider Middle East region. He stressed that the tripartite and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, which are being developed in the region and in which Cyprus actively participates, contribute substantially to the goal of achieving stability in the Mediterranean, which is also a European goal.
Finally, expressing satisfaction with the level of cooperation and exchanges between the delegations of the “GroupMed” countries at the Interparliamentary Conference on the CFSP and the CSDP, he referred to the need to find practical solutions to the problems faced by the citizens of the participating countries.