France welcomes the prospects for a “5 + 1” press conference on the Cyprus issue in the coming weeks, hoping that it will be the starting point for a new process, said the new French Ambassador to Cyprus, Salina Grenet-Catalano, adding that “the “France will stand, as it always has, on the side of our Cypriot friends to facilitate this process.”
The ambassador said that France calls for the resumption of negotiations as soon as possible, based on the parameters agreed in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, within a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality.
Presenting her credentials to the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, on Tuesday, Ms. Grenet-Catalano said that in order to have prospects for success, these negotiations need strong political will as well as a compromise between the parties, adding that “a lasting and a fair settlement of the Cyprus problem is a guarantee of security, stability and prosperity for Cyprus, Europe and the entire Eastern Mediterranean region “.
For his part, President Anastasiadis reiterated his readiness to participate in the informal 5 + 1 press conference that the UN Secretary General intends to convene. “Taking this opportunity, I want to make our position clear: the form of solution we envision is the establishment of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the values and principles on which it is based. the EU, “he said.
He stressed that it remains important for all involved to work constructively to create the conditions that will contribute to conducting substantive negotiations in order to ensure the prospects of a positive outcome. He further added that it was impossible for anyone to expect these conditions to be met if either side supported solutions outside the established UN framework, or if Turkey or the Turkish Cypriot side proceeded with their plans to fully open the closed area of the UN. Varosion, clearly violating international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, or continue their illegal activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
He expressed the hope that Turkey would eventually comply with the principles of international law, ending its illegal actions on the land and sea of the Republic of Cyprus, in order to avoid a new catastrophic impasse.
President Anastasiadis stressed that the EU's participation in the Cyprus process is crucial, as Cyprus is an EU member state and there is a need for a solution to ensure a functioning state within the EU institutions. “This is something of the utmost importance, taking into account “Taking into account the important role of the EU in ensuring the smooth and safe implementation of the provisions of a solution, together with the UN,” he said.
He also referred to the important role of France as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, especially in terms of security issues and the implementation of the agreed solution. In addition, he expressed deep gratitude for the attitude of the French authorities in the Cyprus issue, and its consistent support in the efforts to reach a lasting and comprehensive solution.
In their speeches, both President Anastasiadis and the French Ambassador referred to the excellent relations and the very good cooperation between Nicosia and Paris, as well as to the common positions they support within the EU.
Among other things, Ms Grenet-Catalano said her country was deeply committed to respecting international law, the sea, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean “which should not be an area of competition but of co-operation”.
He also said that in the field of defense, a strategic link has been established between the two countries and there are now unprecedented developments in their cooperation. “Under the defense agreement that entered into force in 2020, our armed forces are exchanging and organizing joint naval and air exercises, which have recently been expanded to include other European partners,” he added.
He expressed gratitude to the Republic of Cyprus for hosting French aircraft and ships, including naval and air vehicles, around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which he said often visited Cypriot ports as part of their missions to maintain stability in the East.
For his part, President Anastasiadis said that Cyprus and France maintain excellent bilateral relations based on mutual respect and common values, and that their cooperation has shown a dynamic and steady growth in recent years, particularly in the areas of security and defense.
He also said that France's lively interest in ensuring stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean could be very well served through an even stronger co-operation between the two countries, which is already multifaceted and covers various areas.