Cyprus Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, has stressed that sovereign equality cannot be accepted because it would result in the recognition of a separate state in the occupied areas of Cyprus, and therefore it is not within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
Christodoulides, who was speaking during a lunch hosted on Tuesday, in Nicosia, by the Ambassador of Portugal, Maria Manuela Freitas Bairos, whose country is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, noted, as CNA has learned, that a confederation or a two-state solution is not even an option for discussion for Nicosia, during talks for a Cyprus settlement, and that discussions must address all points of the Guterres Framework.
We accept political equality as described in the UN relevant resolutions and reports, however sovereign equality cannot be accepted because it would result in the recognition of a separate state in the occupied areas, and therefore it is not within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, Christodoulides said, speaking during the lunch that was attended by the Ambassadors of EU member states in Cyprus and the representatives of the EU institutions who are accredited in Nicosia.
CNA has learned that during the lunch a discussion took place about the need of the EU to participate and substantially engage in efforts for a Cyprus settlement, not only because the Republic of Cyprus is an EU member state and will continue to be, not only because one of the reasons that significant convergences were achieved, for the first time, during the latest negotiating process, was the EU`s presence, but also due to the fact that at the current juncture Turkey wants a positive agenda with the EU.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The UN Secretary-General invited all parties involved to attend an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021.