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Merkel says Cyprus talks must be conducted away from threats and blackmail

The German Chancellor has stressed that the Cyprus talks must be conducted away from any threats and blackmail, Cypriot Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Tuesday in a written statement.

“The President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades had late in the afternoon today, a telephone communication with the Chancellor of Germany Mrs Angela Merkel” Christodoulides said in a written statement.

He added that “the President and the Chancellor discussed issues that concern the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Germany, the EU and regional matters”.

He said that Anastasiades briefed Merkel on developments with regard to the Cyprus problem.

On her part, Christodoulides noted, “Mrs Merkel stressed the need that the dialogue on the Cyprus problem takes place away from threats and blackmail, so that through the appropriate atmosphere and a sincere dialogue the prospects for a positive conclusion can be created”.

Cyprus has been divided since Turkish troops invaded in 1974. Repeated UN-backed rounds of negotiations have yet to yield results, which would lead to a reunited country.

CNA

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