President Nicos Anastasiades has briefed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and Merkel reiterated Germany`s position of principle on Cyprus` sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Friday in a written statement.
They agreed to meet on the sidelines of the informal European Council, which will take place in Brussels, on 15 February.
In his written statement, Christodoulides says that during their conversation Anastasiades “briefed Mrs Merkel on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and the illegal actions by Turkey within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.”
“Mrs Merkel reiterated Germany`s position of principle, as this is also expressed through the decision of the European Council in October 2014 which calls for the respect of Cyprus` sovereignty over its territorial waters and Cyprus` sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone.”
According to Christodoulides, Merkel also “expressed the hope that through the termination of the causes that led to the suspension of the talks, those conditions that would allow the resumption of the talks will be established soon, within a proper environment that will create prospects for a positive conclusion”.
In addition, Anastasiades and Merkel exchanged views on the economic situation in the eurozone.(CNA)