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Foreign Minister Kyprianou Calls on UK and Other Friendly Countries to Act Towards Turkey for the Reunification of Cyprus
2008-10-30 14:44:29

London, Oct 30 - Foreign Minister of Cyprus Marcos Kyprianou has expressed restrained optimism over the ongoing talks on Cyprus question, while he called on Britain and other friendly countries to act towards Turkey in order to contribute to the reunification of Cyprus.

Foreign Minister Kyprianou was speaking at a dinner hosted Wednesday by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood in London on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the Cypriot Independence, which was attended by members of the House of Commons, the European Parliament, the Upper House and journalists.

Referring to the Cypriot- British relations, he said that they entered a new phase after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Cyprus and UK last June, during Cyprus President Demetris Christofias’s visit to London.

“The two sides can move forward to implement all that they agree on and continue the dialogue on those they disagree,” FM Kyprianou mentioned.

He stressed that British-Turkish relations can’t be an obstacle to the relations between the two countries, adding that “although there was not any notable outcome in the ongoing talks on Cyprus and their course had not so far been satisfactory, it is important the two sides to remain engaged in process aiming at finding a federal solution with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality.”

He stressed that it was important the submitted proposals to serve towards these goal.

The Foreign Minister added that despite President Christofias’s goodwill gestures, Turkey’s stance has become stiffer.

Furthermore, he noted that “the new federal state must be the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus into a Federation and not a union of two independent states.”

He pointed out that there was no need for guarantees, adding that Cyprus’ full membership in the European Union is the best guarantee.

Referring to his yesterday’s meeting with the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, he said that he called “for more effective stance on behalf of UK regarding the illegal exploitation of the Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied area of Cyprus that makes the solution of the Cyprus problem more difficult to find.”

Meanwhile, Cyprus issue was also the focus of the discussion between Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou and UK Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague during a meeting they had yesterday at Hague’s office.

FM Kyprianou briefed his interlocutor on the ongoing dialogue between the two sides on the island with an aim to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, while they exchanged views on how Britain can help creating the conditions for its fruitful outcome.

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