Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides met on Monday with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in Geneva, and discussed Turkey’s unlawful activities in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as developments in Varosha, the fenced-off part of Famagusta.
Speaking after the meeting, Christodoulides also noted that Guterres is ready to move ahead with the process, aiming at a Cyprus settlement, right after April`s “elections” in the Turkish-occupied part of the island.
“I had the chance to discuss and exchange views with the UN Secretary-General in relation to Turkish unlawful actions in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, which are not in line with international law, as well as about the statements and actions of Turkey in relation to the fenced-off area of Famagusta which are in contrast to the relevant UN resolutions, among others,” the Foreign Minister said according to a Ministry announcement.
He also said that he noted the satisfaction of the Secretary-General about the results of the meeting in Berlin, in November 2019, as well as his clear commitment and readiness to go ahead with the whole process rights after the electoral process in the occupied areas” of Cyprus.
The Foreign Minister went on to say that it emerged from their discussion that the process should take place in a propitious environment to reinforce efforts so that it is possible to have a positive result “which is nothing less than a Cyprus settlement on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions.”
Christodoulides also noted that during his meeting with Guterres, they also discussed the memoranda of understanding signed between Turkey and Libya, while the Secretary-General also referred to migration and the serious challenges it is posing for the Republic of Cyprus.
The Foreign Minister is in Switzerland for the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, taking place on February 24-26.
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 latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.