By Stefanos Evripidou
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday that he was “totally satisfied” with the understanding shown by new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz on the need for the EU to play a significant role in the peace talks.
Anastasiades met with Juncker for an hour in Brussels, discussing EU matters and the Cyprus problem.
The Cypriot president said he briefed the new Commission President extensively on the peace talks.
Juncker showed understanding on the issues, especially the one “we are interested in most, the EU’s involvement in the ongoing dialogue to ensure that the solution meets the acquis communautaire, protects human rights, and respects the values and principles of the EU,” Anastasiades said.
He also briefed the re-elected EP president Martin Schulz on the difficulties in the talks and the need for EU involvement to safeguard the rights and obligations bestowed to EU member states and expected of them. “I am totally satisfied with the meetings and the understanding we found. We will be in constant contact to see how we can creatively use the EU in the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem,” he said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Anastasiades, Schulz the two enjoyed a convergence of views on the next steps. He added that the EU needs a constructive relationship with Turkey not only regarding Cyprus, but on other international issues. Schulz called on Turkey to stay on its European course.